Golden Globe Race: Injured Commander Abhilash Tomy Being Brought Back

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Abhilash Tomy, a 39-year-old Indian naval commander, was competing in the 2018 Golden Globe Race - a nonstop, 30,000-mile solo yachting competition that bars the use of modern technology - when his boat hit a storm.

In spite the nearness of the French ship, Gaden cautioned that rescuers might not be able to evacuate Tomy because of the yacht damage, in which case an Australian naval boat, positioned further away, might have to undertake the rescue.

The junior Tomy suffered a serious back injury as he was taking part representing his country in the worldwide solo circumnavigation Golden Globe Race (GGR) 2018.

"Sat phone down." The organisers said on the race website: "The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be".

Australian officials earlier said the French fisheries patrol boat Osiris headed 740 kilometres (460 miles) to Tomy after his yacht, Thuriya, lost its mast on Friday.

"Yes, he has been rescued by a ship and what I can say is he is mentally stable".

"Indian Naval stealth Frigate, INS Satpura operating in the Indian Ocean has been dispatched for the rescue mission", a Defence spokesman said here.

Back home in Kerala, Tomy's family, too, heaved a sigh of relief.

The capsized yacht Thuriya of solo sailor Abhilash Tomy
Image His boat Thuriya was demasted after it rolled during a storm

"The vessel initially rescued Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy who is reported to be conscious and talking".

Cdr Tomy, a reconnaissance pilot with the Navy, also underwent training as part of his commissioning and on-the-job training which makes him a very strong person, Cdr Donde said.

Another sailor in the Golden Globe Race, Irishman Gregor McGuckin, had also lost his mast on Friday near Commander Tomy and would also be rescued. The crew shifted him to a Gemini boat and took him on board the vessel used an orange stretcher.

The yacht, which was "severely damaged with gear hanging over the side", was located in Australia's search and rescue zone 2,200 miles southwest of the Australian city of Perth, Australian Maritime Safety Authority search and rescue officer Phil Gaden said during a news conference.

The 2018 Golden Globe fleet set sail on July 1 from Les Sables d'Olonne in France.

Tomy is the only Indian to complete a solo circumnavigation around the world in a boat in 2013. Indian Navy is doing their best as they always have.

Australia Sunday joined an worldwide mission to rescue an injured Indian sailor stranded in the Indian Ocean while competing in the round-the-world Golden Globe Race. Entrants can sail using yachts and equipment that were available when Sir Robin Knox-Johnston raced in 1968-69.

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