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

July 6, 1988: Explosions and the resulting fire on the Piper Alpha offshore oil drilling platform in the North Sea kill 165 oil workers and two crewmen of a rescue vessel. An inquiry found the operator, Occidental, guilty of having inadequate maintenance and safety procedures, but no criminal charges were ever brought against the company.

July 6, 1988

July 6, 1988: Explosions and the resulting fire on the Piper Alpha offshore oil drilling platform in the North Sea kill 165 oil workers and two crewmen of a rescue vessel. An inquiry found the operator, Occidental, guilty of having inadequate maintenance and safety procedures, but no criminal charges were ever brought against the company.

THE body of Gareth Parry-Davies, who saved three lives during the Piper Alpha disaster, was recovered from the River Shannon in Limerick last week.

THE body of Gareth Parry-Davies, who saved three lives during the Piper Alpha disaster, was recovered from the River Shannon in Limerick last week.

Piper Alpha   Appleton  BBC

Piper Alpha Appleton BBC

Una chispa en la plataforma Elgin y otra Piper Alpha en nuestras manos - 'One spark and another Piper Alpha on our hands': Fears grow as 'well from hell' spews huge toxic gas cloud and threatens repeat of Britain's deadliest rig disaster

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Una chispa en la plataforma Elgin y otra Piper Alpha en nuestras manos - 'One spark and another Piper Alpha on our hands': Fears grow as 'well from hell' spews huge toxic gas cloud and threatens repeat of Britain's deadliest rig disaster

Piper Alpha oil rig, July 1988 - 167 dead

Piper Alpha oil rig, July 1988 - 167 dead

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

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