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Whiddy Island oil tanker Disaster Remembered 40 years on

Commemoration events to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragic Whiddy Island disaster, which took the lives of 51 people, took place yesterday in Bantry, Co. Cork. 50 people died in the early hours of 8th January 1979 when the 120,000-tonne French-owned oil tanker Betelgeuse caught fire and exploded while unloading its 110,000-tonne cargo of crude oil at an offshore jetty at Whiddy Island off ...
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