After certain difficulties had been overcome, the divers – being amateurs after all – managed to make videos with their excellent camera equipment, which were of a quality exceeding by far that of the video material fabricated by the Swedish and Finnish authorities. The bow area including the bow ramp and both front bulkheads as well as the starboard side of the vessel up to the stabiliser were filmed in great detail. Unfortunately, however, there was no communication between the divers and the surface, thus the divers’ movements in the water could not be controlled from the vessel which proved to be a major disadvantage.
A radioactivity measuring device was attached by the divers to the inside of the bow ramp and left there for later recovery and evaluation.
Nevertheless the divers succeeded in producing video footage permitting very detailed evaluation.
They could not find any damage to the hull, but they did find a number of scratch marks along the first third of the hull which, according to their own appraisal, could not have been very old as no sediment had yet settled on the marks. These scratch marks caused by umbilicals, ROVs or hoses were an indication of activities which had obviously been performed on the hull very recently, at most 3-4 weeks before the divers detected them. The divers also found several used welding rods on the sea bottom at the starboard side of the wreck i.w.o. the area where they were looking for the hole in the hull.
The divers also reported a strip of sand ca. 2 meters wide on the first third of the hull, which could not have been caused by nature because the other two-thirds of the hull are not covered by sand at all.