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Henrik Evertsson used a drone camera to film the ship, which sank off the coast of the Finnish island Uto in 1994, killing 852 passengers, for a Discovery + documentary on the disaster.
The 33-year-old director was charged with violating a treaty signed by the governments of Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Russia and the United Kingdom in 1995 that declared the site a sea grave and prohibited exploration of the wreck.
A Swedish filmmaker has been acquitted of violating a serious international treaty while filming the wreck of the condemned ship MS Estonia.
Speaking outside the Gothenburg District Court today, Mr. Evertsson said: “I am very relieved and pleased that the courts have heard our point of view.
The ferry, which sank off the coast of the Finnish island Uto in 1994, set sail from Tallinn to Stockholm with 803 passengers on board and 186 crew The ferry being lifted from the bottom of the sea
“ I was confident that we had not committed a crime, this law is a special law that only covers the site, but it had not been proven before in court.
“I haven’t had time to read the full report yet, but the summary makes it quite clear that we were on a German ship and we were not breaking the law in Germany.
‘I’ve been on a two-week recording tour for a new series. So I’m looking forward to going back to Norway and having a few days off. ”
The men did their best to avoid prosecution: They chartered a German ship because it was the only Baltic state that did not sign the treaty, and they sent a camera connected to an underwater drone.
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“The investigation of the wreck site is carried out in international waters and we use a German ship with a German flag and in Germany this is not against the law as they have not signed the treaty,” Evertsson told MailOnline before the trial. .
“Anyway, with our investigations, we did not penetrate the wreck, we did not disturb the dead, we only scanned them from the outside from a distance to see if we found any damage to the hull.”
It has been 26 years since the sinking of the MS Estonia, the largest ship then flying the flag of the Baltic Republic, in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster.
The ferry left Tallinn for Stockholm at 6.30pm with 803 passengers on board and 186 crew members.
Former president of Estonia Arnold Rüütel and his wife Ingrid attending a ceremony for the victims of the disaster in 2004
Conditions were harsh, there was a Force Eight gale and waves of up to twenty feet, but they were unusual and all other scheduled ferries were at sea.
But, around 1 a.m., a loud bang was heard, and after the ship tilted 60 degrees, torrents of seawater began to enter through the cabin windows, roofs and doors.
A shattered emergency signal was sent out, but at 1.50 a.m. Estonia sank, first with the stern, in international waters about 24 miles southeast of the Finnish island of Utö.
Only 138 people were rescued, one of whom died in hospital, and only 93 bodies were recovered.
An initial report, in 1997, concluded that the bow visor locks had failed, allowing it to break free and expose the doors and ramp, which gave way and flooded the car deck.
Candles are lit up next to the names of victims during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary
But the surviving witnesses, whose testimony was not actually featured in the report, insisted that they heard a bang after which the ship sank incredibly fast.
When Evertsson decided to investigate, he discovered a 4 meter by 1.2 meter hole in the hull of the boat, suggesting that the Estonia was involved in a collision.
The findings, which are revealed in the documentary Discovery Estonia: The Find That Changes Everything, are now being investigated by Swedish authorities.
A Discovery + spokesperson said: “It has always been our assessment that the ROV dive was justified and within the law as it is a matter of great public concern. We are pleased that the courts today reached the only sensible conclusion.
“ A draft revision of the Swedish law on serious peace in Estonia will be presented in March 2021, and new research dives will take place in the summer of 2021 as a result of the documentary. ”