Of the 989 people on board, only 137 survived. M/S Estonia film - ROV checking place, where bow visor was. Most of the bodies were never recovered. ‘We thought maybe these are relevant questions that the relatives have so we wanted to do a documentary series about it. A 1997 investigation found that the ship's bow door locks had failed in a storm. And Evertsson, 33, a graduate of Oslo University, and his colleague Bendik Mondal, decided to investigate. 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They discovered a four-metre by 1.2 metre hole in the hull of the vessel, which suggested that the Estonia was involved in a collision. ‘As a Swedish citizen I have followed it since I was seven years old. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. CHAPTER 27 . … The visor was missing and the ramp partly open. Of the 989 people on board, only 137 survived. Posted by 11 months ago. ‘On the one hand I’m looking forward to it. Play it now. 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I’m looking forward to giving my best arguments.’. THE DIVING INVESTIGATION 01.-04.12.94 . 5 years ago | 884 views. The disaster is considered Europe’s second-deadliest peacetime sinking after that of the RMS Titanic. What exactly caused the M/S Estonia passenger ferry to sink in 1994, causing 852 deaths from 17 countries? They have not signed the treaty. Legal representative of the loved ones of victims of the ferry MS Estonia Piret Blankin says that the aim of the agreement for not disturbing the site of the shipwreck is to protect it from looters and that it does not prohibit investigations. Browse more videos. But the surviving witnesses - whose testimony really didn't feature in the report – were adamant they heard a bang after which the ship went down incredibly fast. save. On the night of September 27-28, 1994, the ferry MS Estonia, carrying 989 passengers between Tallinn and Stockholm, sank in the Baltic Sea, hit by hard weather and winds measuring 9 on the Beaufort scale, which caused enormous waves. A controversial documentary on the disaster produced for the Discovery Channel has just unveiled new relevant evidence that has prompted a joint statement from the governments of Finland, Estonia and Sweden. Blankin appeared on the “Otse Postimehest” webcast yesterday. MS Estonia Wreck. 'It has been investigated but there has been a lot of uneasiness surrounding this, especially from the relatives’ side. Experts have now pinpointed the wreck of the Estonia, lying in waters some 80 metres (40 fathoms) deep off the coast of Finland. 'I could face up to two years’ imprisonment but I don’t think I have disturbed the dead.’. In the early hours of 28th September 1994, the MS Estonia, a car, and passenger ferry, en route from Tallinn to Stockholm, sank in the Baltic Sea off Finland’s coast. An international agreement declared the wreck a grave site in 1995 and banned diving there. Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Poland, the United Kingdom, Russia and Sweden signed the agreement which declared sanctity over the site. For 25 years, the MS Estonia and hundreds of people who went down with it have lain undisturbed in the icy depths of the Baltic. The position of the wreck is 59°22,9´ N, 21°41,0´ E. The visor was located about one nautical mile west of the wreck. 0 comments. Estonia in Viking Line Livery By Mark Markefelt (1918–2009) Maritime Museum [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe History of the MS Estonia. On board the ship were 803 passengers and 186 crew. It is now 26 years since the sinking of the MS Estonia – the largest ship then flying the flag of the Baltic republic - in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster. New study by Boston researchers says you can blame it on your ethnicity. The ship M/S Estonia was en route from Tallinn to Stockholm when a storm ripped off the bow door. The wreck lies in soft mud at a depth of between 60-80 meters. Business owners issue desperate appeal for aid after pandemic and anti-Asian racism has decimated Chinatown in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, Shocking moment cop car runs over man and miraculously leaves him with just minor injuries after angry crowd surrounded the vehicle as police tried to stop a Fast and Furious style burnout, How letters nearly put paid to David Lean's version of A Passage To India amid concerns from the executors of E.M. Forster's literary estate that he was trying to simplify a complex tale. The ferry set sail from Tallinn to Stockholm at 6.30pm with 803 passengers on board and 186 crew. M/S Estonia explore wreck by ROV 1994 (3) Hervey Royal. Pictured: Finnish Army recruits carry some of the victims of the Estonia ferry disaster into an amphibious landing craft for transfer from the island of Uto to the mainland in September 1994, Candles are seen next to the names of victims during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary. Now a mini-submarine The MS Estonia sinking occurred in the year 1994 in the month of September as the vessel was passing through the Baltic Sea from the Estonian province of Tallinn to her intended destination of Stockholm. The Swedish government at first promised to raise the wreck and to spare no cost in finding the cause of the disaster. Proof the Pfizer Covid vaccine works in the real world? Sweden, Finland and Estonia to jointly assess new information on 1994 sinking of MS Estonia The bow door of the Estonia is lifted from the sea … At the time of the MS Estonia disaster nearly 1,000 people were aboard it, both voyagers and crewing personnel included and only a minuscule proportion of people were managed to be successfully saved from the wreckage of the unfortunate vessel. ... "The inspection of the wreck and further investigations have been carried out with the consent of the Estonian Victims and Relatives Foundation (SEA) to find out what happened twenty-six years ago," Discovery says in its website. However, not all shipwrecks are as easy to explain. The filming of the documentary has been peppered with controversy due to the prosecution of two Swedish citizens, who were charged with violating a maritime tomb. Survivors on board the MS Estonia say they heard a loud bang before the ship sank quickly The ferry set sail from Tallinn to Stockholm at 6.30pm with 803 passengers on board and 186 crew. Recent explorations of the wreck site has found the "MS Estonia" lying on the side 240 feet down. The sinking is the largest maritime disaster in peacetime in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people from 17 countries, and second-largest peacetime maritime disaster, so far as European vessels go, after the Titanic. But the film director, who faces a two-year jail sentence if found guilty, believes that he did not contravene the 1995 treaty, signed by the governments of Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Russia and the UK. Sweden to allow a new inspection of MS Estonia wreck (Text) Sweden seeks new probe of M/S Estonia ferry wreck after 25-year ban (Text) 2. The sinking of the MS Estonia in the Baltic Sea remains the deadliest peacetime shipwreck in European waters for centuries. But then it changed its mind, refusing all pleas from the bereaved relatives to bring the Estonia to the surface, although it sank in shallow waters. M/S Estonia explore wreck by ROV 1994 (3) Report. The underwater investigation of the wreck of MS Estonia will not be launched this fall nor a new committee with an independent head formed in the … The Discovery Network documentary includes new underwater video footage from the wreck site showing damage to the starboard side of the wreck. Finnish president raises Navalny question on call with Putin, Accident fatalities on Finnish roads increased in 2020. This is not an ordinary law of respecting the peace of the dead. The MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994, killing 852 people. Background. The sinking of the MS Estonia remains the worst European peacetime maritime disaster, and the second worst maritime disaster involving a European made boat since the Titanic.. But, at around 1am, a loud bang was heard and, after the ship listed by 60 degrees, torrents of seawater began pouring in through cabin windows, ceilings and doors. The ferry Estonia sank on the night of September 28, 1994, sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm. After an investigation, the origin of the accident was attributed to the rupture of the bow visor and the theory of the hole was rejected by the governments involved. Following the sensational claim that the MS Estonia ferry had sunk due to a collision with a submarine back in 1994, the Estonian government said on October 1 that Estonia possesses the capability to explore the wreck of the ferry with a sonar and an underwater robot, whereas for a diving operation an international tender needs to be held. Did the M/S Estonia ferry sink after colliding with submarine? On the 28th of September 2020, a Swedish documentary called Estonia–The Find That Changes Everything made headlines around the world when they claimed to have found new evidence on the 26-year-old case of the sinking of the MS Estonia.. On the 28th of September 1994, The MS Estonia, a cruise ferry operated by Estline, sank while crossing the Baltic Sea on route from Tallinn to … Playing next. A Swedish filmmaker has revealed that he is looking forward to giving evidence next month after being arrested for filming the wreckage of doomed ferry MS Estonia. If they don’t have the answers, is it possible to move on? A new documentary that premieres on a Swedish TV channel shows that the wreck of the sunken cruise ferry, MS Estonia, has a large hole in the hull; the finding is serious enough for the Estonian government to announce a new “technical investigation” into the disaster.. MS Estonia, a 16,000-ton cruise ferry that began serving the Tallinn-Stockholm route in 1993 and was operated by … The crew used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to take video images from the wreck. MS Estonia was a cruiseferry built in 1979/80 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg.The ship's 1994 sinking, in the Baltic Sea between Sweden, Åland, Finland and Estonia, was one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century. No one knows the outcome of this trial. MS Estonia, a 16,000-ton cruise ferry that began serving the Tallinn-Stockholm route in 1993 and was operated by the Swedish-Estonian shipping company, Estline, was the largest ship sailing under the Estonian flag at the time. The rescue attempts were considerably hampered by the weather turbulence. A mangled mayday signal was sent but at 1.50am the Estonia sank, stern first, in international waters about 24 miles south-east of the Finnish island of Utö, killing 852 people. The sinking of Estonia is the largest maritime disaster in peacetime in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people from 17 countries. Maritime disasters have haunted humans since we first learned how to arrange objects in a way that let us float atop them. As a preliminary step, thousands of tons of pebbles were dropped on the site, but then, after protest from the survivor families, the idea was abandoned. The Swedish government and jaic might not actually know. Hailed as a hero after the disaster in 1994, Barney now wants to know the truth about a connection between Britain’s spies, Cold War missile secrets and the capsizing of the MS Estonia. As members of the Association for Cultural, Scientific and Advocacy Magazines (Kultti ry), journalists at Foreigner.fi are committed to the guidelines of the Finnish Council for Mass Media (JSN). ‘Anyway, with our investigations, we didn’t penetrate the wreck, we did not disturb the dead, we only scanned it from the outside from a certain distance to see if we found any hull damage. The MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea off Finland on September 28, 1994, after the ship’s bow door locks failed during a storm, prompting the vessel to capsize within moments as hundreds of its passengers were left trapped. ‘The Swedish Accident Investigation Board has found the new findings interesting and is investigating the case. The wreck was found in international waters within Finland's Search and Rescue Region, resting on the seabed at a water depth of about 80 m. The visor was missing and the ramp partly open. Finland, Estonia and Sweden will investigate the new "significant information," according to a joint statement from the three countries. The position of the wreck is 59°22,9´ N, 21°41,0´ E. 852 persons lost their lives when Estonia sank. Only 138 people were rescued, one of whom died in hospital – and only 93 bodies were recovered. Fatalities. ‘I’ve been DNA tested and hauled in for an interview with the Swedish police and now on January 27, I will be going to court in Guttenberg,’ he told the Mail online. Many of the twentieth century's worst disasters occurred during wartime as a result of military action. However, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said the new investigation should not necessarily mean that the results of the 1997 international investigation would become obsolete. Found: a four-metre by 1.2 metre hole in the hull suggesting the Estonia was involved in a crash, Survivors on board the MS Estonia say they heard a loud bang before the ship sank quickly. A ghostly silhouette looms in front of the camera. ‘This is the first time this law will ever be tried in its 25-year existence. On September 28, 1994, a passenger ferry called the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea, en route from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden. "Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto and Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde have agreed that in case of a new significant information on the catastrophe of the M/S Estonia that has not been reported before, Estonia, Finland and Sweden will jointly assess the new information," reads the statement published by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website. Israeli healthcare group says coronavirus infections have PLUNGED by at least 60% among vaccinated over-60s, COVID-19 positivity rate tops 10 percent in nearly a THIRD of all NYC zip codes as Gov. The MS Estonia was some five hours into its overnight voyage from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, to Stockholm in Sweden when its captain, Arvo Andresson, noticed the … 852 people were clai… This treaty is only binding on citizens of the signatory countries. This is the worst disaster in the history of … On Monday, after knowing about the new information included in the documentary, the Prime Minister of Estonia, Juri Ratas, said that "a new technical investigation into the new circumstances of the Estonia (shipwreck) must be carried out. Hopefully we have helped the case to go further and helped the relatives to get new answers to their relevant questions.’, Estonia is now available on discovery+ https://www.discoveryplus.co.uk/show/estonia. Published: 15:03 EST, 8 January 2021 | Updated: 15:33 EST, 8 January 2021. "The fundamental idea with this agreement is to protect the M/S Estonia, as a final place of rest for victims of the disaster, from any disturbing activities," the statement adds. Henrik Evertsson will appear in court in Gothenberg on January 27, accused of breaching an international treaty, which declared the site a marine grave and prohibited any exploration of the wreck. The three countries have agreed that verification of the new information presented in the documentary will be made in accordance and full respect of the Agreement between the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden regarding the M/S Estonia signed in 1995. share. The MS Estonia sank 26 years ago, on the night of September 28, 1994, sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm. ‘This is one of the biggest stories in Swedish history,’ he added. The Estonia Agreement 1995, a treaty among Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, D… This hole would have contributed to the rapid sinking of the ship, which ended up at the bottom of the sea 26 years ago in the middle of a storm. The further details and circumstances of MS Estonia's doom will be discussed at length on "Pealtnägija" on Wednesday. From 1st to 4th December 1994 the wreck was examined by divers from Rockwater A/S Stavanger and by ROVs from Smit Tak, Rotterdam (parent company of Rockwater A/S) apparently contracted by the Swedish Sjöfarts-verket. The wreck was found in international waters within Finland's Search and Rescue Region, resting on the seabed at a water depth of about 80 m with a heading of 95° and a starboard list of about 120°. The MS Estonia ferry sank as it was crossing from Tallinn to Stockholm in September 1994, killing 852 people. Most of the bodies were never recovered. The comments below have not been moderated. An international agreement declared the wreck a grave site in 1995 and banned diving there. Maybe we can find out answers to those questions. Swedish journalist Henrik Evertsson says he is looking forward to his day in court where he will face accusations he breached an international treaty by filming the wreck of the MS Estonia, The documentary Estonia: the Find that Changes Everything reveals how Evertsson and his team discovered a hole in the hull of the vessel, findings which are now being investigated. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. Maybe we can find out more. Archived. The conditions were harsh – there was a Force eight gale and waves up to six metres – but they were not usual and all other scheduled ferries were at sea. 7:24. The tragedy occurred exactly 26 years ago, on 28 September 1994. Divers have found 125 bodies in the restaurants and bars, and about 600 are still in their cabins; whole families are buried down there. It is, according to Estonian sources, a hole about four meters in diameter in the hull of the ship, which could not be made from inside. The ship M/S Estonia was en route from Tallinn to Stockholm when a storm ripped off the bow door. A storm damaged the car ferry and it sank in minutes – one the worst maritime disasters in Europe. "Estonia, Finland and Sweden emphasize that we rely on final conclusions of JAIC (Joint Accident Investigation Commission) final report of 1997," concludes the joint statement issued by the three governments. The last word on the 1994 shipwreck of the M / S Estonia cruise ship, one of the greatest maritime tragedies in peacetime and which cost the lives of 852 people, has yet to be written. On Wednesday 28th September 1994 at 01:50 (UTC +2) the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea during a storm, on a routine crossing from the port of Tallinn in Estonia to Stockholm in Sweden. Follow. A mayday call was released shortly after midnight, but when the rescue mission commenced, it was only possible to save 137 lives. An initial report, in 1997, concluded that the locks on the bow visor had failed, allowing it to tear free and expose the doors and ramp, which gave way, flooding the car deck. In our view, the technical investigation should include underwater observations". PETER WALKER: Are slim people ALWAYS fitter than fatties? 2. This is a special law only surrounding a certain area of the Baltic Sea. 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