Silja Europa, Estonia. ”
”Estonia, Silja Europa.
Are you calling Mayday? ”
It was 1.24 a.m. on September 28, 1994, when the emergency call of the M / S Estonian mate reached the chief mate of Silja Europa.
Less than six minutes later, the radio connection was over.
"It looks really bad, really bad now here," said the Estonian mate on the radio at 1.29.
After that, only one reply was uttered from Estonia, which was recorded on the tape as unclear.
Then the Estonian bridge remained silent.
At 1.50 a car ferry sank below the surface.
Most of the Estonian victims remained on board, which is why the wreck of the ship was declared a burial ground.
These were the last moments of Estonia:
Estonian movements at the time of the accident
Estonia faced Allon at an angle of about 30 degrees from the left.
At 00.55 the watch matrix heard a sharp metallic bang at the bow ramp.
Water flooded the car deck.
The ship tilted to the right at an angle of about 15 degrees.
At 1:20 a.m., the tilt increased to about 20–30 degrees.
The machines stopped.
An alert in Estonian was heard on board.
At 01.22, Estonia sent the first emergency call.
Estonia drifted tilted 40 degrees to the right.
The main generators stopped.
The ship began to sink.
At 01.50 the ship disappears below the surface.
On the night of Estonia's accident, four other passenger car ferries visited the shipping route between Finland and Sweden.
Viking Mariella and Silja Europa traveled west, Viking Isabella and Silja Symphony traveled east.
Finnjet was on its way from Finland to Germany.
The first weak emergency call from Estonia left at 01.21.55:
"Mayday Mayday Estonia please."
Mariella tried to answer that.
At 01.24, the second emergency call was received by 14 radio stations - including the Turku Maritime Rescue Center, which took responsibility for the rescue operations.
Silja Europa got a radio connection to Estonia and Silja Symphony recorded the conversation.
Read here the discussion of the ships in English, Finnish and Swedish at the time of the accident, as recorded.
According to the official accident report, the cause of the accident was the failure of the bow visor.
The maritime disaster, which claimed 852 lives, will be topical again this autumn, when new images from the wreck of the ship will appear in the documentary series Estonia - Revolutionary Discovery, which was released on Dplay + yesterday.
The pictures show how there seems to be a large hole on the starboard side of a sunken passenger ferry.
Authorities have previously disputed allegations of a hole in the hull.
Sweden, Finland and Estonia have agreed to seek verification of the new information in accordance with the 1995 agreement on Estonia.
The agreement deals with the protection of Estonia as a burial place for the victims of the accident.
Estonia has talked about commissioning underwater technical studies.
How did the hole get to Estonia's side?
A recent documentary brought up old conspiracy theories about destruction
Ilta-Sanomat reported on the sinking of Estonia on September 28, 1994.