In memorial to the M/S Estonia disaster 3 replies

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Mast3rofPuppets Advanced Member

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#1 16 years ago

I know i'm one day late but this deserves an own thread.

It was 10 years and 1 days ago (28-09-94) the Swedish/Estonian passanger ship sunk, leaving 852 dead and only 137 survivors :(.

The Estonia disaster occurred on September 28, 1994 at about 00:55 to 01:50 (UTC+2) enroute from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden carrying 989 people, passengers and crew. M/S Estonia was expected to arrive in Stockholm at about 09:30. The weather was rough, with a wind of 20-25 m/s and 6-10 meter waves. Some report waves over 15 meters and wind over 30 m/s. Unlike the other ferries on the route she ran, at full speed, into the waves. The direct cause of the accident was the underdimensioned locks on the bow visor that broke under the strain and allowed water in on the car deck. This water destablized the ship and started a catastrophic flooding. The first signs of the danger was a strange sound of metal around 01:00, when the ship was in the outskirts of Turku archipelago. Investigation of the bow visor showed no signs of danger at that time. At about 01:20 a weak female voice called "Häire, häire, laeval on häire" the Estonian words for "Alarm, alarm, there is alarm on the ship", over the public address system. Just a moment later an internal alarm for the crew was transmitted over the public address system. Soon after this the general lifeboat alarm was given. Soon the vessel lurched some 30-40 degrees to starboard (right), which made it more or less impossible to move inside the ship. Those who were going to survive were allready on the deck by then. Mayday was communicated by the ship crew at 01:22, but did not follow international format which delayed the rescue operation somewhat, as she could not give her position. The Viking Line passenger ferry M/S Mariella arrived on the scene of the accident at 02:12. First rescue helicopter arrived at 03:05. Out of the total 989 people on the ship only 137 were saved. The accident claimed 852 lives, by drowning and freezing to death in the cold water. Only 95 bodies of the total number of casulties were recovered.

I was only 7 but I remeber that day as yesterday, I remeber that my mum turned on the radio while we were eating breakfast and she got stunned, then she said that something bad had happend and started crying.

I know many people that have relatives that died that night :(



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#2 16 years ago

Wow, I think I read about that somewhere. Worst maritime disaster in the Baltics or something along those lines. RIP to those killed. Sad days September 28/29th are :(

4 years ago today marks the beginning of Palestinian Intifada :(

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#3 16 years ago

yeah, i remember that day. a sad day :(

Ensign Riles Advanced Member

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#4 16 years ago

They had an hour long show on the History Channel about it last night. :uhm: