On 6 July 1988 a series of explosions ripped through the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea.  In the space of two hours, 167 men lost their lives.  It remains the world's worst offshore oil disaster.  Amazingly 61 men survived - some by jumping 175ft (53m) from the rig's helicopter deck into the sea.

Piper Alpha: How we survived North Sea disaster

On 6 July 1988 a series of explosions ripped through the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea. In the space of two hours, 167 men lost their lives. It remains the world's worst offshore oil disaster. Amazingly 61 men survived - some by jumping 175ft (53m) from the rig's helicopter deck into the sea.

Black and white image of Piper Alpha before the fire

Piper Alpha: How we survived North Sea disaster

Black and white image of Piper Alpha before the fire

July 08, 1988: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visit Aberdeen to meet the rescue workers who went to the aid of the Piper Alpha oil platform which exploded in the North Sea on July 6, killing 160 people

July 08, 1988: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visit Aberdeen to meet the rescue workers who went to the aid of the Piper Alpha oil platform which exploded in the North Sea on July 6, killing 160 people

Piper Alpha oil rig disaster - the worse ever oil rig explosion killed 167. Terrifying and tragic. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bnzz6

Piper Alpha oil rig disaster - the worse ever oil rig explosion killed 167. Terrifying and tragic. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bnzz6

Heroic diver left traumatised by Piper Alpha disaster has been found drowned

Hero diver left traumatised by Piper Alpha disaster has been found drowned

Heroic diver left traumatised by Piper Alpha disaster has been found drowned

Piper Alpha oil rig, July 1988 - 167 dead

Piper Alpha oil rig, July 1988 - 167 dead

Piper Alpha: 25th anniversary of disaster remembered at ceremony

Piper Alpha: 25th anniversary of disaster remembered at ceremony

Piper Alpha: anniversary of disaster remembered at ceremony - BBC News

Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea by Brad Matsen. Save 39 Off!. $15.78. Publisher: Pantheon (October 18, 2011). 224 pages

Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea by Brad Matsen. Save 39 Off!. $15.78. Publisher: Pantheon (October 18, 2011). 224 pages

Paul Neal (Red) Adair:  6/18/1915 - 8/07/2004  Born: Houston, Texas~  Fire-fighting specialist, Red Adair was regularly called in to deal with major oil fires. In 1984 he & his team put out a major fire on an offshore rig near Rio de Janeiro, & in 1988 they were the first to board the Piper Alpha oil rig after it was destroyed by an explosion. He was the first called to extinguish the oil fires started in Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.. 'Hell Fighters' starring John Wayne was the story of Red…

Paul Neal (Red) Adair: 6/18/1915 - 8/07/2004 Born: Houston, Texas~ Fire-fighting specialist, Red Adair was regularly called in to deal with major oil fires. In 1984 he & his team put out a major fire on an offshore rig near Rio de Janeiro, & in 1988 they were the first to board the Piper Alpha oil rig after it was destroyed by an explosion. He was the first called to extinguish the oil fires started in Kuwait by Saddam Hussein.. 'Hell Fighters' starring John Wayne was the story of Red…

Souls rise to heaven -- File:The Piper Alpha Window, Ferryhill Church, Aberdeen - geograph.org.uk - 1801868.jpg

Souls rise to heaven -- File:The Piper Alpha Window, Ferryhill Church, Aberdeen - geograph.org.uk - 1801868.jpg

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