LANCE GEROW

LANCE GEROW

Lance Gerow

“I was on a drilling in October of 2012. Working a 10 days, 10 nights rotation. 2nd day into night shift we had a high pressure relief that failed under pressure and came apart at 28 000 kpa or about 3500 psi. This initial pressure release resulted in an ignition of the fluid being disputed.  All I can remember was hearing a really funny noise. And everything went orange? Not sure if I was soaked and lite on fire right away. But I had to run through the fire in order to get away from it. But my mind made that on its own. I ran blind for about 40-50 ft from the place of the ignition until I knew I was off of the matting and onto the muddy location. I knew this in my mind somehow.  And then the fellas on my crew saw me lite up like a candle so they assisted in putting me out. I can remember punching the ground and screaming NOOO as loud as could at the sky. I remember the wait for the queue to leave from location to meet the ambulance along the the Alaskan highway.  Somewhere around Wonowon. I remember walking from the band aid first aid truck to the ambulance. This all took around 4-5 hrs! We had to drive as we were so remote that a chopper could not make out and back. This whole time during the ride. I remember repeatedly saying.. “God. Please don’t let me die.” Over and over and over. I received 3-4 degree burns and scales to 60% of my body. Spent 30 days in an induced coma. In total, I was in the Vancouver burn unit and the Edmonton Firefighters burn unit for 58 days. Apparently my body healed itself pretty darn good. The picture is of me in my first 5-7 days in hospital.”