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World TV crew find new evidence in Estonia ship disaster

15:22  29 september  2020
15:22  29 september  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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A 1997 investigation found that the ship 's bow door locks had failed in a storm. But new underwater footage appears to show a previously unrecorded four People from 17 countries lost their lives in the disaster . Of the 852 people killed, 501 were Swedish and 285 were Estonian . A crew member who

In a joint statement on Monday, Estonian , Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers announced they would "assess the new information." The ship went down in just one hour, leaving only 137 survivors. The makers of the Discovery Networks documentary " Estonia : The Find That Changes Everything"

a large ship in the background: The ferry was sailing from Estonia to Sweden on 28 September 1994 when it sank in the Baltic Sea © BBC The ferry was sailing from Estonia to Sweden on 28 September 1994 when it sank in the Baltic Sea

Estonia, Sweden and Finland will examine new evidence that may shed light on the cause of one of Europe's worst peacetime shipping disasters.

The MS Estonia ferry sank as it was crossing from Tallinn to Stockholm in September 1994, killing 852 people.

A 1997 investigation found that the ship's bow door locks had failed in a storm.

But new underwater footage appears to show a previously unrecorded four metre (13ft) hole in the ship's hull.

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In a joint statement on Monday, Estonian , Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers announced they would "assess the new information." The ship went down in just one hour, leaving only 137 survivors. The makers of the Discovery Networks documentary " Estonia : The Find That Changes Everything"

The Estonia catastrophe 26 years ago that claimed 852 lives is the worst peacetime tragedy in the New underwater footage of the shipwreck from a Swedish documentary about the disaster shows Former Estonian Defence Minister Enn Tupp, active when the disaster occurred, also argued that

The three countries said they would "assess new information" which could contradict the official explanation.

The vessel was sailing from Estonia to Sweden on 28 September 1994 when it sank in the Baltic Sea off Finland. Most passengers on board the ship were trapped inside after it capsized, but 97, who managed to leave the vessel, died in freezing water. There were 137 survivors.

In 1997, an official report into the incident concluded that the locks on the ship's bow doors had failed during stormy weather and huge amounts of water had gushed in.

But survivors and relatives of the victims have long been calling for a fuller investigation, and various unproven theories have circulated since the tragedy.

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The new underwater footage features in a five-part Discovery Network documentary about the disaster titled Estonia: The Find That Changes Everything.

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New investigation finds huge 4-metre hole in hull caused by 'massive external force' after official investigation Estonian , Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers announced they would 'assess the new In 1997, investigators concluded the disaster was caused by the bow door of the ship being

New images show damage on the starboard side of the M/S Estonia . The foreign ministers of Finland, Estonia and Sweden have agreed to jointly assess new evidence regarding the 1994 sinking of the cruise ship The footage was part of a Discovery Network documentary about the disaster .

The film crew discovered the hole in the ship's hull while using a remote-controlled submarine to explore the wreckage.

This still from the documentary shows a hole in the ship's hull © EPA This still from the documentary shows a hole in the ship's hull

"Estonia, Finland and Sweden have agreed that verification of the new information presented in the documentary will be made," the three countries said in a joint statement.

"Our countries will cooperate closely in this matter and Estonia [where the ship was registered] will lead this process," they added.

The new documentary has reignited calls for a fresh investigation. "A new technical investigation into the circumstances of Estonia's sinking must be carried out," Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas said, according to local media.

"A hole in the hull was dismissed over the years," Kent Harstedt, a survivor and former member of the Swedish parliament, told a news conference on Monday. "What has emerged today adds to the question marks - why was the hole not included in the official investigation?"

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(MS Estonia Disaster )". Could this tragedy have been prevented? Was there something they left out? Most of the passengers were Swedish, although some were of Estonian origin, while most of the crew members were Estonian . The ship was fully loaded, and was listing slightly to starboard

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"I believe the truth is something other than what people have been told until now," survivor Carl Eric Reintamm said in the documentary.

Last year, more than 1,000 survivors and relatives of victims requested €40.8m (£36.6m; $45.8m) in compensation from the French agency that deemed the vessel seaworthy and the German shipbuilder.

But the claim was rejected by a Paris court, which said the claimants had failed to prove "intentional fault".

People from 17 countries lost their lives in the disaster. Of the 852 people killed, 501 were Swedish and 285 were Estonian.

A crew member who survived the accident told the BBC at the time that he had seen a loading bay door open and taking in water minutes before the ship sank.

The Estonia disaster is the second-deadliest peacetime sinking of a European ship after the Titanic.

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