Published: 15/08/2018
ISBN: 9781789013597
Format: Paperback



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Baptism of Fire
Life, Death and Piper Alpha
by Geoff Bollands

A unique personal survival account of the Piper Alpha disaster, seen from inside the Control Room.
The 30th anniversay of the disaster will be on 6th July 2018.
There will be major media interest leading up to the anniversary, including a documentary, James Nesbitt: Disasters that changed Britain due to be shown in April 2018, one episode of which focuses upon Piper Alpha and features the author.


Baptism of Fire, Life Death and Piper Alpha brings to life the dramatic events of 6th July 1988, the terrible cost in the loss of 167 lives, and the trauma experienced by those who survived. The book also includes the perspective of his family, as they watched the news unfold, and had to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy.

After the disaster Geoff went on to build a very successful Financial Advice business. His story includes anecdotes from his life, work on the oil rig and a comprehensive account of the disaster.

The story is one of hope and inspiration which illustrates that, whatever traumatic circumstances we might experience, life does go on and positive lessons can be learnt. It’s possible to have a quality of life which seems unimaginable in the early days, months and even years following such a huge trauma, and life changing event.

As Geoff says: “It was and still is the worst disaster in the offshore oil industry and that is where it needs to stay. It is a very sad record that hopefully will never be beaten.”

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