The victims, all men, died of asphyxiation during the perilous journey from the coast of North Africa to Sicily.
The cause of death may have been asphyxiation, but more tests were needed and will possibly take weeks.
Later, forensic exams found a near-fatal dose of heroin in her stomach but determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation.
“The cause of death was put at asphyxiation due to hanging,” said a spokeswoman for the Westchester County Medical Examiner.
Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall said Tuesday that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation.
If oil is poured upon the water it can get no air and death by asphyxiation follows.
He says that the weight of evidence points positively to asphyxiation.
This accords with the statement which has been made that asphyxiation of the inhabitants preceded the burning of the city.
I know the agony of asphyxiation, because I have dangled at the end of a rope.
The man rescued from drowning or from asphyxiation has felt no pain.
asphyxiate as·phyx·i·ate (ās-fĭk'sē-āt')
v. as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing, as·phyx·i·ates
To induce asphyxia.