Fire in the Night by Stephen McGinty

Fire in the Night

By Stephen McGinty

  • Release Date: 2010-11-23
  • Genre: Engineering
Score: 5
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From 12 Ratings
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Description

The fire was visible seventy miles away as a distant, flickering flame on the horizon. The heat generated was so intense that a helicopter could only circle at a perimeter of one mile. Flying at a height of 200 feet, the air crew saw that the tongues of flame extended high above the rotor blades. On the surface a converted fishing trawler inched as close as possible, but the paint on the vessel's hull blistered and burnt, and the rope handrails began to smoke. In the water surrounding the inferno, men's heads could be seen bobbing like apples as their yellow hard hats melted with the heat.

At the centre stood, at least for now, the Piper Alpha oil platform, 110 miles northeast of Aberdeen, once the world's single largest oil producer. On 6 July 1988, its final day, it was ablaze with 226 men onboard. Only sixty-one would survive.

Fire in the Night tells, for the first time and in gripping detail, the devastating story of that summer evening. Combining interviews with survivors, witness statements and transcripts from the official enquiry into the disaster, this is the moving and vivid tale of what happened on that fateful night inside an oil rig inferno.

Reviews

  • Fire In The Night

    5
    By Muaythairulz
    An essential read for anyone associated to the offshore industry. RIP the 167 who never made it home.
  • Fire in the Night

    5
    By Adrian Manson
    Awesome story and wonderfully written. Testament to the ones who never came and hopefully some help to the ones that did.
  • Fire in the night

    5
    By Diane5
    A book that needed to be written. May god bless them all. R.I.P. dear friend.

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