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Ferry's Detached Front Door Found

October 19, 1994| Associated Press

STOCKHOLM — The 56-ton front door that ripped off the ferry Estonia, causing it to sink in the Baltic Sea last month with more than 900 people aboard, was found Tuesday on the sea floor.

Investigators first using sonar and then a camera-equipped robot located the door 1.3 miles west of the wreck about 250 feet below the surface, said Kari Lehtola, a member of the three-nation commission investigating the disaster.

The door was torn off its hinges after locks failed during a violent storm Sept. 28, investigators have said. The ship flooded with water and sank quickly.

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