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They have solved one of the biggest mysteries of Finnish shipping

Finnish media are reporting that the wreck of the vessel M/S “Irma”, which disappeared without a trace in 1968, has been found. The wreck of the vessel was located during the works on a documentary film telling the story of the ship’s disappearance. The case of the disappearance of the M/S “Irma” was one of
Published: May 23, 2019 - 07:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:14
They have solved one of the biggest mysteries of Finnish shipping

Finnish media are reporting that the wreck of the vessel M/S “Irma”, which disappeared without a trace in 1968, has been found. The wreck of the vessel was located during the works on a documentary film telling the story of the ship’s disappearance.

The case of the disappearance of the M/S “Irma” was one of the biggest mysteries in Finnish shipping history. The ship was sailing from the Soviet Union to the port of Rauma, in south-west Finland. On the night of 26 October 1968, a storm hit the crew near the Åland Islands, sinking the ship.

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On Tuesday 21 May 2019, a six-man search team located the wreck, which sank some 40 km west of Enskär Island and now lies at a depth of 43 metres. The Finns now hold the key to all the questions that have grown up around the story of the disappearance of the M/S “Irma”.

While making a documentary about a lost ship, the filmmakers decided that they would find the lost wreck. They gathered all the information they could find and ran several simulations. After two weeks of continuous research and systematic scanning of the seabed, the hard work finally paid off and the searchers saw the lost wreck.

On that fateful night in October 1968, 11 people on board the M/S “Irma” died. Only one body was found, drifting on a life raft. Some family members of the crew of the lost ship were also involved in the search for the wreck.

Source: is.fi

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