Estónia propõe nova investigação ao ferry afundado 1994
October 8, 2020 -
Novos indícios estão a colocar em causa a explicação oficial sobre a
morte de 852 pessoas no afundamente em 1994 do ferry MS Estonia no mar Báltico, um dos piores desastres marítimos da Europa em tempo de paz.
The ferry was on a routine overnight crossing from the Estonian capital, Tallinn, to Stockholm when it capsized and sank in stormy conditions.
An official investigation in 1997 concluded that the bow door of the ferry had failed during a storm, flooding the car deck and causing the vessel to roll over and sink. The ship went down in less than an hour, with only 137 survivors.
A Discovery Network documentary about the disaster aired in September to coincide with the 26th anniversary of the disaster includes underwater video images from the wreck site showing a hole in the hull measuring four metres on the starboard side.
The conclusion of experts cited in the documentary was that the ferry had been struck by what was probably a slowly moving but extremely heavy object, causing it to sink, according to a New York Times report.
In a joint statement on September 28, the governments of Estonia, Finland and Sweden said they would investigate the claim, which comes after years of complaints by families of the victims and survivors over the lack of a proper inquiry.
Some 758 bodies remain entombed on the ferry, which lies in shallow Finnish territorial waters. Most of the 852 people killed were Swedish nationals.