Estonia, Finland and Sweden are evaluating new information on damage to the wreck of M / S Estonia presented in a recent documentary series.
The documentary series Estonia - Revolutionary Discovery, published on Dplay +, shows how there seems to be a big hole on the starboard side of a sunken passenger ferry.
Authorities have previously disputed allegations of a hole in the hull.
The alleged hole was revealed when the authors of the documentary sent a robot camera to the wreck.
Documentary director Henrik Evertsson followed the image conveyed by the camera with others when they saw something surprising.
- I'm trying to find a better angle.
I am now a bit surprised.
- Even something!
- That's completely retracted.
- Wow ... That's completely open.
Soon the authors find that this seems to be a big hole.
Wreck expert Linus Andersson estimates in the document that the hole would be at least four meters long.
According to Andersson, the damage looks like collision damage.
Other experts speaking in the document also consider the damage possibly caused by an external force.
However, it is unclear what caused the damage.
"The damage is so extensive that I cannot claim that it did not have a bearing on the sink rate," says Jørgen Amdahl, a professor of marine technology at the Norwegian University of Technology.
Amdahl calculated on the basis of the information provided to the public what could have caused the damage described by the robotic camera.
According to Amdahl, the maximum force would be around 500-600 tonnes.
- Such forces are therefore needed to cause such damage.
According to Amdahl, if it was a floating object, it was not very small.
For example, a bow visor could not have caused damage.
Estonia, which was on its way from Tallinn to Stockholm, sank in front of Utö in an autumn storm on September 28, 1994. 852 people died in Turma.
137 people survived.
It appears from the document that the ship of the authors of the document caused the Finnish Border Guard to report a possible violation of the grave peace of the Estonian victims.
The ship is considered the last resting place of those who died in Turma.
Two Swedes were eventually charged with violating the grave.
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According to the authors of the document, the wreck was inspected and further investigations were carried out with the permission of the Estonian Victims and Relatives Foundation (SEA).