Piper Alpha: Explosion survivor pays tribute to 167 people who died

Piper Alpha: Explosion survivor pays tribute to 167 people who died

- Thirty-two years after surviving the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion, Steve Rae has paid tribute to those that lost their lives

- The oil rig went up in flames on July 6, 1988, killing 167 people

- Rae says he was lucky during the unfortunate incident but his colleagues and rescue crew were not

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Thirty-two years after surviving the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion, Steve Rae has taken to social media to reflect on the unfortunate incident of July 6, 1988.

Rae said 12 hours after arriving at work on that fateful day, he found himself struggling to find a route to safety, running from a raging inferno.

On his LinkedIn page, Rae said the struggle quickly became about survival rather than reaching a safe place.

He wrote: "I got lucky that night and by the grace of god made it off, tragically 165 never did.

Survivor of Piper Alpha oil rig explosion pays tribute to 167 colleagues who died, explains what happened 32 years ago

Piper Alpha. Photo credit: Steve Rae/LinkedIn
Source: UGC

"Today (Monday, July 6) I will pause to pay my respects to the 165 Piper workers who lost their lives and to the 2 courageous fast rescue crew who selflessly put the lives of others before their own and tragically also lost their lives."
Survivor of Piper Alpha oil rig explosion pays tribute to 167 colleagues who died, explains what happened 32 years ago

The oil rig went up in flames on July 6, 1988, killing 167 people. Photo credit: Steve Rae/LinkedIn
Source: UGC

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In other news, a Nigerian lady simply identified as Deborah has appealed to a mother to come back for her child after abandoning the baby with her in church on Sunday, July 5.

In a video that emerged on social media, Deborah said the mother said she wanted to go buy something and left the baby with her.

Deborah said since the woman left, she has not come back for her baby.

The lady said she does not have the wherewithal to take care of the baby, urging the mother to come back for her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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