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New reports emerge of the 1994 shipwreck in the Baltic Sea

COPENHAGEN ( Associated Press) – There is no indication that a shock or explosion was the cause of the 1994 Baltic Sea ferry sinking, one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the accident investigation boards of Estonia, Finland and Sweden say. said on Monday.

According to the preliminary report, “there is no sign of collision with the ship or floating object and there is no sign of explosion in the forward area.” The new document does not provide new evidence to contradict the results of the official investigation into the accident in 1997.

The M/S Estonia sank in a storm on September 28, 1994, killing 852 people, mostly Swedes and Estonians. The ferry was traveling from the Estonian capital Tallinn to Stockholm when it sank about 30 minutes after the first distress call was made. Only 137 people on board survived.

The fate of the vessel has given rise to several conspiracy theories, including that the ship collided with a submarine or was allegedly secretly carrying military cargo.

A 1997 joint official investigation by Estonia, Finland and Sweden concluded that the yacht sank when the bow door locks failed during a storm. This tore apart the ship’s forward door, opening the ramp onto the car deck and causing deck-wide flooding.

The latest inquiry began after a 2020 television documentary that included video footage from the wreck site showed a hole measuring 13 feet (4 m) on the starboard side. Officials have said that there is a hole in the wreckage about 72 feet (22 m) long and 13 feet (4 m) high.

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