A second cousin on my mother’s Ellington side, Aberdeen-born Derek, a former trawl skipper prior to becoming a rig fitter on the Piper Alpha oil rig, survived the explosion and resulting oil and gas fires on this day in 1988 which killed 167 men with only 61 survivors, some badly burned. The death toll included two crewmen of a rescue vessel. Derek was rescued after jumping into the sea when fire engulfed the rig.
When trying to describe the much-reported eerie sound emitted by the fire, he is supposedly quoted as likening it to the “wailing of a banshee”.
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