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

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

Death and Oil: a True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea - by Brad Matsen

Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea

Death and Oil: a True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea - by Brad Matsen

Piper Alpha: 25th anniversary of disaster remembered at ceremony

Piper Alpha: 25th anniversary of disaster remembered at ceremony

The of July 2013 marks 25 years since 167 colleagues lost their lives in the oil industry's largest ever disaster. Oil and Gas People got behind a campaign

The Piper Alpha disaster which killed 167 workers on 6 July 1988 off the coast of Aberdeen is the world's deadliest ever oil rig accident.

Piper Alpha disaster: how 167 oil rig workers died

The Piper Alpha disaster which killed 167 workers on 6 July 1988 off the coast of Aberdeen is the world's deadliest ever oil rig accident.

Black and white image of Piper Alpha before the fire

Piper Alpha: How we survived North Sea disaster

Piper Alpha was constructed in Cherbourg but assembled at Ardersier, near Inverness, in 1975 It weighed 14,000 tonnes It had a crew of 226 men It was producing about 300,000 barrels of oil a day for Occidental Petroleum The dead included two crewmen from the standby vessel Sandhave

Piper Alpha: How we survived North Sea disaster

Piper Alpha was constructed in Cherbourg but assembled at Ardersier, near Inverness, in 1975 It weighed 14,000 tonnes It had a crew of 226 men It was producing about 300,000 barrels of oil a day for Occidental Petroleum The dead included two crewmen from the standby vessel Sandhave

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