...press night at The Shetland Times, where I was news editor. Busy. An oil supply boat had rammed the Ord of Bressay, the skipper drunk and the editor and I had just returned from a trip out there by inflatable boat to take pictures. One last call to the coastguard to check on what was happening with the wreck.
What I remember is the voice at the other end of the line saying "wait a minute..." And then. "We're getting reports of a fire..."
And that was the first inkling that anything was happening at a platform called Piper Alpha.
I remember trying to get through to national newsdesks, and how bored and uninterested they were at that time of night.
But not for long.