The prosecutor is also appealing Estoniadom

The prosecutor is also appealing Estoniadom

The ferry Estonia left the port in Tallinn on the evening of September 27, 1994. Barely halfway to Stockholm, the vessel capsized in heavy weather, and then sank within less than an hour.

852 people died in the disaster, of which 501 were Swedes. 137 people were rescued.

The international accident commission’s most important conclusion was that the fasteners and locks for Estonia’s bow visor were undersized. When the bow visor came off, large amounts of water gushed onto the car deck and caused the ship to capsize. However, survivors, relatives and other involved people have demanded that the rapid course of the ship’s sinking must be investigated further.

In 2004, it was revealed that the Swedish defense and the Customs had an agreement that Estonia could be used for secret importation of military equipment from Russia. Documents about the ship’s last cargo are still classified.

The documentary “Estonia – the discovery that changes everything”, which was broadcast in the fall of 2020, attracted a lot of attention with images showing a previously unknown hole in the ferry’s hull on the seabed.

The accident commissions in Sweden, Finland and Estonia are now conducting a new review of what happened when the ferry sank. In November 2021, the Norwegian Accident Commission stated that the new holes discovered in the hull were probably caused by rocks on the seabed.

Further investigations at the wreck are ongoing. The new investigation will also interview people who survived the disaster.

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