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Ship sinks in heavy storms

  • 2006-10-30
  • By TBT staff
TALLINN - Heavy storms that struck the Baltic Sea region forced the cancellation of flights and sea travel, sunk a fishing boat and left a passenger ferry damaged.
The Finnish fishing vessel Borka sunk in Estonian waters at 11 p.m. on Oct. 26 in heavy wind.
The boat's four crew members were rescued by nearby ships which battled rough seas to answer a distress call.
With wind speed at 25 meters per second, and gusts of up to 32 meters per second, the smaller passenger ferries between Tallinn and Helsinki abandoned their voyages. Other larger ships delayed their voyages by several hours.
The storms also felled trees and branches, damaged roofs, and knocked out power to thousands of households.