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Sweden accusing intl film crew members of disturbing grave peace of Estonia ferry wreck

BC, Tallinn, 30.06.2020.Print version
In Sweden, two Swedish members of an international film crew are being accused of disturbing the grave peace of the wreck of the Estonia ferry, which sank in fall 1994, informs LETA/BNS.

According to the charges, the men, both citizens of Sweden, were part of a film crew making a documentary about the ferry disaster last fall and used an underwater robot to film the wreck, according to Finland's STT news agency. 

In Sweden, the law stipulates a fine or up to two years' imprisonment for violating grave peace.

The ferry Estonia with 989 people on board sank in a storm while en route from Tallinn to Stockholm on the night of Sept. 28, 1994. Of the people on board the vessel, 137 were saved and 852 perished. The bodies of only 95 of the victims were recovered. 

In 1995, Estonia, Finland and Sweden entered into a peace of the grave agreement, which forbids diving down to the shipwreck.

The wreck of Estonia is located approximately 22 nautical miles southwest of the island of Uto.

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