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'Tell us the truth': hole found in sunken ship's hull proves us right, say families

New evidence emerges in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster - the sinking of MS Estonia in 1994
The passenger ferry MS Estonia in the docks in Tallinn. 852 people died when it sank in September 1994. Photograph: Li Samuelson/EPA

For a quarter of a century, a lack of firm evidence has prevented any real challenge to the official story of how, on a stormy September night, more than 850 people came to die in Europe’s worst peacetime maritime disaster since the second world war.

Now Henrik Evertsson may have found some. “We do not speculate, and we draw no conclusions,” the Swedish documentary film-maker said, carefully. “We are just putting facts on the table. But for 26 years now, they have said that what we have found did not exist. So it is quite big.”

At 6.30pm on 27 September 1994, the ferry MS Estonia – the largest ship then flying the flag of the young Baltic republic,

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