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the four storey accommodation blocks toppled over and sinking to the bottom of the North Sea. It is not a glib "Hollywood pitch" to describe what took place in that two hour window as a cross between The Towering Inferno and Titanic but a simple statement of fact. Some survivors we approached more in hope than expectation men such as Joe Meanan who had helped with the research for the book but had never spoken on camera. But now, more than two decades later, they agreed to participate. Buy Womens Adidas Gazelle Online Fifty minutes into the disaster, when a gas line burst .
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