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 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