Vi som reddet, berget og etterforsket


Marie Smith-Solbakken; Rolf Eidem; Nils Gunnar Gundersen; Tore Christian Halvorsen; Åge Hjalmarsen; Ellen Kongsnes; Wigulf Schjøll; Ingvild Sjo; Tor Gunnar Tollaksen; Else M. Tungland; Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe


Alexander L. Kielland-ulykken, oljehistorie, redningsaksjonen, minner, kilder, muntlig historie, etterforskning, dykkere, Alexander L. Kielland disaster, oil history, rescue operation, memories, sources, oral history, investigation, divers


This book is part of a collection of five works on memories from the Alexander L. Kielland oil platform disaster in 1980.  The book includes memories of those who were in some way involved in the rescue operation without being among the survivors of the accident. When we phrase ourselves in this way, it is an acknowledgment of the survivors themselves playing a crucial role in the rescue. Many of those who survived the accident did so thanks to the efforts of others who were part of the accident. Some of those helpers survived and others died. The memories of the survivors are included in another publication in the series of memories after the accident.

The rescue operation after the accident involved all North Sea nations. The focus of this collection is on memories from Norway. However, we wish to acknowledge the importance of rescue workers from other nations as well and hope that we will also be able to include their memories in future editions.

The memories are from interviews conducted by the listed authors with those involved in the rescue operation. The interviewees have all read the interview transcripts, have sometimes altered them and made additions, and in a few cases have rewritten them to such an extent that they themselves are listed as authors.

An included list of references is a selection of archival sources as well as published sources related to the memories in this collection. More substantial bibliographies, as well as lists of archival sources, are included in Smith-Solbakken (2016) and in Smith-Solbakken and Weihe (2019). Further specialized publications focus on subjects such as post-traumatic stress disorders (Smith-Solbakken and Weihe, 2018) and grief (Weihe and Smith-Solbakken, 2012), and include additional bibliographies. 

Author Biographies

Marie Smith-Solbakken

Professor i historie
Institutt for grunnskolelærerutdanning, idrett og spesialpedagogikk

Rolf Eidem

Pensjonert helikopterpilot

Nils Gunnar Gundersen


Tore Christian Halvorsen

Pensjonert fagarbeider
Phillips Petroleum Company Norway

Åge Hjalmarsen

Pensjonert forpleiningssjef

Ellen Kongsnes

Cand philol og journalist
Stavanger Aftenblad

Wigulf Schjøll

Pensjonert dykker og prosjektdirektør

Ingvild Sjo

Journalist og forfatter

Tor Gunnar Tollaksen

Historiker og journalist
Stavanger Aftenblad

Else M. Tungland

Cand. Sociol, forsker og forfatter

Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe

Professor i sosialt arbeid
Høgskolen i Innlandet



May 27, 2019