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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

1988-07-08 Diana and 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

1988-07-08 Diana and 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

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

Piper Alpha - 25 years on: interview with Alex Salmond MSP

Piper Alpha - 25 years on: interview with Alex Salmond MSP

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

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