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Three Maltese men, aged 72 years, 41 years and 28 years respectively, were rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta twelve miles off St Thomas Bay at around 1100CEST on Tuesday.

An AFM Alouette III helicopter was scrambled to locate the men who were in a 14feet white dinghy. They made use of a signal flare to indicate their position. An Inshore Patrol Vessel P22 was also immediately diverted to the position in order to render assistance.

The men were in fine health and no medical assistance was required.

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