Updated 1.30pm

Police and Armed Forces of Malta first responders tried to rescue a cabin cruiser that got into trouble in Sliema - but failed to save it from sinking.

A spokesman for the police said the operation was currently ongoing and witnesses said that seven people on board had been safely taken onto land.

Officers received a distress call at around 12.15pm informing them that a boat was sinking along the coast opposite Tower Road.