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Divers is Jon’s own true story, starting in the holocaust that was the Piper Alpha disaster, and taking him from the North Sea to cleaning up offshore after the Kuwait War, to Bombay, the South China Sea and Vietnam.
It is a story shot through with the drama, gallows humour and suspense of one of the world’s most dangerous professions, carried on by an individual breed of men in some of the earth’s toughest corners.
One day Jon might be called upon to help rescue a skipper trapped below deck on a sinking ship, another he is treating a latterday victim of mustard gas or some passing boat people who could have been mistaken for pirates. He learns why never to expect any gratitude from a Bombay beggar and tells of encounters with angry sea snakes or a phantom oilrig. It is the stuff of so much fiction, but for knife-edged excitement there is nothing to beat the truth.
Amazon Review, September 2013, 5.0 out of 5 stars
“Divers opens a door onto the closed, high-risk world of the deep sea divers in the pioneering days of the oil industry in the North Sea and other parts of the world. It gives a first-hand insight into what was clearly a frontier way of life and takes the reader into some very dangerous places – including into the terrible scenes at the Piper Alpha disaster, when an oilrig caught fire on the North Sea and so many men died. Written from the perspective of a paramedic whose experiences took him all over the world treating the casualties of the battle to bring the oil out of the sea, this book is a really good read – highly recommended.”
Amazon Review, November 2000, 5.0 out of 5 stars
“This is brilliant… This is a really good read, in which the author, a paramedic, takes the reader into the dangerous environment of the oil industry. The chapter on the Piper Alpha disaster was particularly gripping.”
Amazon Review, April 2000, 5.0 out of 5 stars
“A gripping read; couldn’t put it down… A captivating read that takes you inside one of the world’s most dangerous environments. Jon May’s competence and clarity shines as he encounters the medical fallout of astounding incidents.”