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UPDATED - Sailor airlifted to hospital- rescuers search for people after wall collapse

An American sailor was airlifted to hospital from a technical supply vessel 29 miles east of Malta on Thursday afternoon.

The AFM said the 58-year-old man was rescued by an AB212 helicopter of the Italian Military Mission. He is receiving treatment at Mater Dei Hospital.

The AFM said that no sooner had the helicopter landed at the hospital that it was airborne again on another mission to ferry a baby in an incubator from Gozo for urgent medical care in Malta.

Concurrently to these air missions, the AFM's Operations' Centre at Luqa Barracks worked with the Civil Protection Department in a search for possible casualties after a San Gwann's home's backyard boundary wall collapsed as a result of bad weather. The wall was one and a half storeys high.

Heavy plant machinery from 3 Regiment's Engineer Squadron as well as CPD sniffer dogs and hospital doctors were on site searching the debris. Happily, no one was injured.

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