World News – FI – Ansip: Discovery of hole in MS Estonia is sufficient cause for further investigation into sinking


Former Prime Minister and current MEP Andrus Ansip (Reformist), whose administration oversaw a 2006 report on the official version of the MS Estonia sinking, told ERR that report made no mention of a collision with a submarine as a possible cause of the disaster

At the same time, the discovery of a four-meter-wide hole in the hull of the sunken ship is reason enough to re-examine the causes of the 1994 sinking, with arguments not to disturb the resting site which claimed the lives of over 850 people, not too many convincing, said Ansip

« It (the discovery of the hole – ed) is, of course, a surprise to me, and I think there weren’t many people who had suspected that there might be another hole in it. the ship, « Ansip told ERR Vikerraadio radio station on Monday

« Yes, I read that Margus Kurm (who edited the 2006 report – ed) claims Estonia collided with a Swedish submarine, but I don’t think Margus Kurm has the least evidence of such a collision with a submarine and, secondly, that this submarine was undoubtedly a Swedish submarine ”, he continued

« Nonetheless, there is a hole in the ship, and we don’t know how it got there; maybe it was a collision with a submarine. We can’t say at this time of what submarine it was, if it was a submarine that collided Apparently, experts will already be able to present various other scenarios of what could have happened by looking at the shape of the hole, so this version of the submarine is by no means the only possible explanation

Margus Kurm, who headed the Estonian government’s 2005-2009 Ferry Disaster Investigation Committee, told ETV’s « Pealtnägija » in a live interview on Wednesday evening that recently filmed footage of the sinking show that the ship probably sank after a collision with a submarine

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said a new underwater investigation was to be carried out after the images were revealed, filmed by a German diving team

Ansip also said that maintaining the sanctity of the tomb applies in this case, citing the analogy of a criminal investigation, where a body that has been buried can be exhumed for further investigation, this which means a « violation » of the grave which should also occur in the case of Estonia

A report filed in 2006 examined the original 1998 disaster report, which Ansip said did not mention an underwater collision as a possible explanation or provide evidence to that effect

The same report, led by Margus Kurm, questioned how water entered the distressed vessel from below the car decks, if the cause was, according to the official report, a broken front visor that allowed seawater to enter through the same level as the car decks

Ansip noted that these questions had not yet received a detailed answer and that experts had had different opinions on why this had happened. However: « this first and only report on the sinking of the ferry Estonia is based on evidence and there is no reason to question it, ”Ansip said

« It is now necessary to clarify how the hole was formed and what was the role of this hole in the sinking of the ferry This is completely new information and, in my opinion, a very important fact, which requires reconsideration of the causes of the loss of Estonia « 

The MS Estonia sank in a stormy sea on the night of September 28, 1994, on her way from Tallinn to Stockholm The disaster is the largest to occur in the Baltic in peacetime and the second most major European maritime disaster in peacetime in terms of death toll after the Titanic, and resulted in the deaths of 852 people, including the ship’s captain There were 137 survivors

The sinking was investigated by a joint commission formed by the governments of Estonia, Finland and Sweden in 1994-1997, and by a government commission headed by the Estonian prosecution in 2005-2009

In 1995 Estonia, Finland and Sweden signed a grave peace accord to protect the wreck, which prohibits diving near the wreck

However, as the wreck is in international waters, divers from countries that have not signed the agreement are not bound by it as such; the recent dive that led to the video showing the big hole in Estonia involved a team using a German-flagged vessel

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