STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A re-examination of the wreckage of the Estonia ferry, which sank in the Baltic in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives, will be possible from the summer when a change to Swedish law takes effect, the agency reported. news TT. Thursday. The official investigation concluded in 1997 that the bow shield of the loading and unloading ferry had failed, damaging the bow ramp and flooding the deck of the vehicle. But a recent television documentary renewed speculation about the cause of the disaster and led the government to accept that a new investigation into the shipwreck was needed. Current law protects the grave. “What we are thinking about is making it possible for the Accident Investigation Authority to take the necessary steps to carry out an examination,” Internal Affairs Minister Mikael Damberg told TT. “They will not be divers. They will use other technical solutions and carry out these examinations in the most sensitive way possible to respect the sanctity of the tomb.” TT said the government expected changes to the law to be ready by summer. Estonia left Tallinn for Stockholm on the night of September 28, 1994 in the middle of a storm. After the bow shield failed, the ferry quickly filled with water, trapping most of the passengers and crew inside. Over the years, several theories about the sinking have emerged that reject the official explanation, including the collision with a submarine and an explosion inside the ship. The Discovery (NASDAQ 🙂 Network documentary included underwater video footage from the wreck site showing two previously unknown holes on the starboard side of the hull.
Law allowing examination of Estonian ferry wreck set for summer, says Swedish government By Reuters
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