Catastrophe of "Hevelius" - 20th anniversary. "Johannes Hevelius" sank 14 January 1993 on the way from Swinoujscie to Ystad during a heavy storm, which reached 12 on the Beaufort scale. At the height of Rügen 4.10 an hour ferry tilted. About 5.12 the ship turned upside down at the eleventh disappeared under the water.
14 January 1993 in the Baltic Sea storm raged unprecedented: the wind speed exceeded 180 km per hour, the board surged to a six-waves. Ferry went out to sea from Swinoujscie to Ystad Swedish half an hour before midnight. At 3:30 it's hurricane, the ferry was near the German island Rugia.
It was the largest in peacetime maritime disaster in the history of Polish shipping, killing 55 people, including two children, crew, passengers and truck drivers- citizens of Polish, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden. Flowed with 35 passengers. Only nine were rescued crew members. To date, not found 10 bodies.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Baltic ferry "Jan Hevelius" at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin was unveiled a monument commemorating the tragedy.
On the beautiful snow-covered cemetery on Sunday morning came several hundred people: first of all the families and people involved with those who died in the crash. There were also those who survived it.
Wreck of the ferry "Jan Hevelius" is at a depth of about 30 meters, and is often visited by divers. This is one of the most dangerous for shipping wrecks lying at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.