Tuomo Karppinen, a member of the committee of inquiry into the sinking of Estonia, says that the hole in the bottom of the ship has been talked about for at least twenty years.
- The hole has not been found before.
During the investigation, the hull of the ship was photographed for more than a hundred hours, no indication of a hole was found.
Estonia's bottom damage and the hole in the side came to light when a new series of documents tells of a hole more than four meters long found on the side of the ship.
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Karppinen says that from the beginning, when investigating the accident, it was clear that there was great damage on the side of the wreck that struck the seabed.
- The hull of a ship, which weighs thousands of tons, is damaged when it hits the seabed.
It is also known that the wreckage has moved.
A new body part has appeared.
Estonia sunk to a depth of 80 meters, photographed in 1994.Image: Lehtikuva
However, according to Karppinen, there is no other explanation for Estonia's rapid tilt than the fact that a lot of water quickly came to the car deck.
According to Karppinen, Estonia tilted really fast.
- The young men escaped up the stairs from under the car deck.
As they climbed the stairs for a couple of minutes, the ship was so tilted that it was difficult to get to the seventh deck, which was the outer deck.
The accident was caused by a visor.
Estonia sank after the bow visor was torn off the ship in a severe storm.
Karppinen says that first the visor had to be dropped so that a lot of water came to the car deck.
The divers made sure the ship’s ramp opened.
- Almost at the same time the visor would have fallen, the ramp would have completely opened and that a hole would have formed down somewhere, it is impossible.
The Estonian bow gate was lifted from the sea to the multi-purpose breaker Nordica near Utö on November 19, 1994. Photo: Jaakko Avikainen / Lehtikuva
Karppinen talks about the damage to the bottom on a general level.
He has not seen any pictures of the hole and does not know where the hole is.
Bottom damage has been obvious to researchers from the beginning.
They could not photograph them because the side of the ship was against the bottom of the sea.
The damage only occurred when Estonia had sunk, Karppinen emphasizes.
- You should see where the hole is.
People were rescued from Estonia from the cabin compartment under the car deck.
If there had been a hole four meters large and water had come in, someone would have made some kind of observation of it.
More than 20 people were rescued from under the car deck.
Karppinen says that half of them saw water on the car deck.
Two engineers and one engineer were saved from Estonia.
They were in the engine room of the ship at the time of the accident.
- They saw on the monitor how water came to the car deck from the edges of the ramps.
From that, they had no observation that there was water in the engine room or anywhere else.
All five episodes of the ESTONIA - Revolutionary Discovery documentary series can now be viewed on Dplay +.