International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 114, Issue 4, pp 259–262

Identification of victims from the M/S Estonia

  • H. Soomer
  • H. Ranta
  • A. Penttilä
Case report

DOI: 10.1007/s004140000180

Cite this article as:
Soomer, H., Ranta, H. & Penttilä, A. Int J Leg Med (2001) 114: 259. doi:10.1007/s004140000180

Abstract

With 852 victims from 17 different countries, the sinking of the Estonia was Europe’s most severe passenger ferry disaster. The Finnish Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team identified all 93 victims recovered from the sea within 33 days of the accident as well as victim number 94 found 18 months later. Dental identification was established in 57 cases (60%).

Keywords M/S Estonia disasterVictim identificationDVI teamForensic odontology

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Soomer
    • 1
  • H. Ranta
    • 2
  • A. Penttilä
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Stomatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu, L. Puusepa Street 8, Tartu, EstoniaEE
  2. 2.Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 40, 00014 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: helena.ranta@helsinki.fi, Tel./Fax: +358-9-19127518FI