Updated Thursday -

A group of 75 migrants found stranded on a tuna pen were rescued by the Armed Forces on Wednesday evening and brought to Malta early on Thursday.

In a statement, the government said the AFM and the Italian coast guard conducted multiple joint rescue operations supporting the Libyan coast guard.

The Italian coast guard carried out other rescues and is taking migrants to Lampedusa.

The rescue is reminiscent of another similar incident in 2008 when a group of 56 migrants were also found clinging on to a tuna pen. The pictures of the rescue then had shocked the world.