The Whiddy Island Disaster – Ireland’s Worst Maritime Tragedy

Whiddy Island Crude Oil Storage Facility

January 1979 – during a routine unloading of a visiting oil tanker, an accident caused a fire and huge explosion, destroying the visiting tanker and posing a real danger to the Whiddy Island crude oil storage facility. Mired in controversy, the inquiry into what happened left many people feeling dissatisfied…. It remains Ireland’s deadliest maritime tragedy.
Credit to : The Raven’s Eye Channel