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Make It Out Alive: Oil Rig Explosion

Full Episode | 46:01

In 1988, a massive explosion ripped through the Piper Alpha oil rig. Within minutes, the entire oil rig was on fire, forcing workers to run or plunge into the North Sea. Witness the harrowing stories of some of the men trapped in this raging inferno.


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The new engineer who must find a path to safety on a burning oil rig. The dive supervisor trying to shield 11 men from deadly fumes and flames. Two off-duty scaffolders who must brave a 17-story dive into the North Sea. These are just some of the harrowing stories of the 226 men caught in the 1988 explosion at Piper Alpha. Witness their tales and see how a series of split-second decisions and tragic twists of fate will determine who survives history's deadliest offshore accident.

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