A seven-year-old girl was rescued and ferried to hospital by helicopter this afternoon after a cabin cruiser sank between L-ahrax and Comino.

Informed sources said the girld's life was saved by emergency CPR administered by a doctor who had been on a nearby boat. The girl resumed breathing and was hoisted on board the Alouette helicopter and transferred to hospital within minutes.

During the same rescue a man was ferried to Marfa where first aid was administered by an ambulance crew. His condition is not serious. 

The incident happened at about 5.30 p.m.

Five other persons were rescued unharmed by a patrol boat

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