Injured solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy rescued from 'remotest place on planet'


Kochi: Indian Naval officer Abhilash Tomy, who suffered an injury while participating in the Golden Globe Race, has been rescued three days after his yacht was dismasted, a Navy spokesperson said on Monday.

'The French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris reached Tomy's yacht at 0530 UTC today and Australian and Indian long-range P8 Orion reconnaissance aircraft are circling overhead. Australian Naval vessel HMAS Ballarat, which set off from Perth on Saturday will reach the spot on Tuesday. He's conscious and doing okay. "The vessel will shift him to a nearby island (I'lle Amsterdam) by evening", Sitharaman tweeted.

The Indian Navy had deployed its P-8I surveillance aircraft to as part of the rescue mission, officials said.

An global rescue effort is underway to save a seriously injured solo yacht racer whose vessel is stricken in a remote part of the Indian Ocean, 3,200 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.

On Sunday morning, an aircraft took off to locate Tomy, an Indian Navy officer.

He said Tomy had an injured back. Participants in the 2018 Golden Globe race are required to sail out alone in a yacht from the French town of Les Sables-d'Olonne and cover some 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) in a monthslong attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

Fears had been growing for Mr Tomy's safety as conditions in the isolated region can be treacherous, with strong winds and high waves buffeting the yacht and rescue vessels.

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Both McGuckin and Slats have reported that they are okay, but 39-year-old Tomy, making his second solo circumnavigation, has been injured, it had said.

Mr Tomy had been competing in the arduous Sunday Times Golden Globe around-the-world solo race. The Indian Naval Defence Attaché in Australia is camping in the regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC).

Abhilash Tomy photographed off Lanzarote, Canaries, in June.

INS Satpura will arrive at Tomy's current location by Friday, the Navy added.

He was in third position in the race and has sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days, since the race started on July 1. Per NPR, Tomy's vessel became dismasted Friday during a storm in the Indian Ocean; with his satellite phone broken, Tomy sent a message from a texting unit noting his back was seriously hurt and that he was initially immobilized.

The Indian Navy had earlier said all efforts were being made to rescue the officer.