An oil carrier the Kowloon Bridge was abandoned by its crew off the coast of Cork after running into trouble.

Twenty eight people were rescued from the 58,000 tonne ship off the Cork coast and the vessel is still afloat south of the Fastnet Rock having been abandoned. 

Although the engines appear to be still running, the boat appears to be making no headway.

Reporter Charlie Bird suggests that a salvage attempt may be made if the weather conditions improve. 

This report also includes the sound of the Valentia Lifeboat relaying the Mayday message from the Kowloon Bridge as it was abandoned.

Reporter Barry Mescall spoke to the men rescued by the Royal Air Force and the Lifeboat Services. Flight Lieutenant Tony Gear of the Royal Air Force describes the conditions during the rescue from the Kowloon Bridge. 

It was very rough. The seas were about 60 feet. The wind across the deck was gusting between 50 and 70 knots.

According to Lieutenant Gear, despite half the boat being under water, there was no panic. 

This report for 'This Week' was broadcast on 23 November 1986 the reporters are Charlie Bird and Barry Mescall.