Rescuers reach for shivering survivors
as they struggle to grip an overturned life raft. More than 900 people die as
the ferry Estonia capsizes in freezing water off the coast of Finland. Despite
dozens of search aircraft and ships, only 141 people are rescued. Again and again
searchers find only damaged rafts and empty lifejackets, floating grave markers. Surviving crew members report flooding in the ship’s car deck and pictures of
the sunken ferry showed damage to the bough door. The possibility of a design
flaw prompts stepped-up ferry inspections and a possible ban on ships of the same
type as the Estonia.