Fire in the Night: The Piper Alpha Disaster by Stephen McgintyFire in the Night: The Piper Alpha Disaster by Stephen Mcginty

Fire in the Night: The Piper Alpha Disaster

byStephen Mcginty

Paperback | June 5, 2009

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The horrific true story of the world's worst offshore oil disasterThe 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.
Stephen McGinty is an award-winning journalist with the Scotsman newspaper. He has previously worked for the Glasgow Herald and the Sunday Times, and is the author of the critically acclaimed This Turbulent Priest: The Life of Cardinal Thomas Winning and Churchill's Cigar.
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Title:Fire in the Night: The Piper Alpha DisasterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.76 × 7.59 × 0.81 inPublished:June 5, 2009Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0330471937

ISBN - 13:9780330471930

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and Well Written I knew of the disaster but I didn't know much more than that. I was looking for a book that would give the full story, and this book is it. It is written well and is not boring. As far as I remember (I don't have it beside me), it has photos. This book was worth the purchase price.
Date published: 2011-05-04