Disaster commemorated British ferry
- In Belgium Monday disaster commemorated with the British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise. The ferry capsized thirty years ago, shortly after leaving the Belgian coastal city of Zeebrugge for what should have been a routine trip to Dover. Of the approximately 550 people on board came 193 killed, mostly British.
Because in a turning maneuver on March 6, 1987 the bow doors were still open seawater could freely flow into the garage decks. The ship was within a minute they are on a sandbank. Partly because of the cold water, the rescue came too late for many. It was the worst British maritime disaster in peacetime since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Monday at 09. 00 pm three ships sail from Zeebrugge to the crash site to honor the victims. In addition to survivors, survivors and relief workers are also the governor of West Flanders and the British ambassador there. After a floral tribute fly a military plane over and a minute's silence observed. On land follows after a ceremony at the memorial in Zeebrugge.
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