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Ten years since the Estonia catastrophe

The passenger boat Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea ten years ago, taking the lives of 852 persons. View the photos here.

Estonia was in route from Tallinn to Stockholm when it shipwrecked 50 kilometres south east of the Finnish island Utö. At total of 825 persons died when Estonia sank at 1 a.m. September 28, 1994.

Most of the people who survived the catastrophe were men between the ages of 20 and 44. Only 26 of the 137 survivors were women. Six Norwegians died. A Norwegian 12-year-old boy was the only child who survived the disaster. Norwegian Harald Setsaas lost his five year old son in the catastrophe. He claims the Swedish authorities have breached their promise to be collected the deceased from the depths of the sea.

The youngest passenger was two months old baby, while the oldest passenger was born in 1907.

The accident investigation board investigated the accident and claimed that reason for the shipwreck was an open bow port which was knocked off in hull in the rough sea. As a result the water came in on the car deck, and the ship sank within 20 minutes.


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