During the worst maritime catastrophe in post-war Europe on the night of September 28, 1994, 852 people found a horrible death in a turbulent Baltic whose water temperature was only eight degrees. It happened after the 155.4-meter-long colossus of the Estonian-Swedish shipping company on the line from Tallinn to Stockholm lost a bow gate in a storm with six-meter waves, water penetrated it and pulled it to the bottom.
The International Commission of Inquiry, set up by Estonia, Sweden and Finland, issued a comprehensive report with a final verdict in 1998: Estonia sank due to a design error of a 55-tonne bow gate. cars.
Immediately, reproaches erupted as the documentary completely ignored the deafening blow before the tilting bow torn, which the survivors mention.
The calculations show the vessel
The wreck has apparently shifted in recent years on the shallow bottom of the Baltic Sea, so more can now be seen from the starboard side. According to experts, an opening approximately four meters long and 1.20 meters wide at its widest point could have occurred when the ship hit the ground or before a collision. Lars Angström, a former member of parliament in Stockholm, had doubted the theory of a faulty ramp from the very beginning.
“Calculations suggest that the hole may have been caused by something weighing three thousand tons at a speed of four knots, or a thousand and one and a half knots,” he says. In other words, it cannot be the fault of a container, which usually weighs a maximum of 30 tonnes.
“It must have been a vessel, probably a submarine,” Angström said on ARD television, adding: “A civilian ship would have no reason to keep the collision secret for so long and determinedly, so everything points to a warship.”
The authorities have declared Estonia an underwater cemetery, so diving is still banned. Therefore, two members of the team of documentary filmmakers now face charges of disturbing the peace of the dead. However, the streaming platform defends its action with reference to the right to information and to the fact that the survivors and relatives of the victims demand that they find out what happened on the cold night.
Estonia will conduct a new investigation
How did Estonia really sink, why did so many people have to die? Such questions have been asked by the then passenger Anders Eriksson since he was caught by Finnish rescuers 26 years ago. “I was relieved to see the footage,” he told TV4 Sweden. “They prove that the crack is not a fabrication. The case must be reopened, clarified, correctly and in a style to fall to whom you fall, “he said.
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas is also calling for a reopening of the investigation. He spoke with the governments of Sweden and Finland. They agreed that Estonia would conduct a “possible” new investigation.