Golden Globe Race: Injured naval officer Abhilash Tomy located by Indian Navy


Abhilash Tomy, 39, suffered a serious back injury when his 10 metre vessel Thuriya was de-masted in extreme weather during the Golden Globe Race.

Thus began a wild weekend of race updates as organizers and rescue authorities scrambled to get aid to Tomy, who was situated roughly 1,900 miles southwest of Perth, Western Australia, when the accident unfurled.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had tweeted on Sunday evening that Tomy would be rescued within 16 hours.

After boats from the French vessel managed to extract Tomy from his yacht, Indian reporter Shiv Aroor said the commander was "doing okay, conscious & in good spirits".

Stealth frigate INS Satpura with an embarked Chetak Helicopter is expected to reach the island by Friday.

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When a severe storm hit Commander Abhilash Tomy's yacht sometime on Friday, he must have been approximately 1,550 nautical miles (2,900 km) from land. "Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and RAAF aircraft till the rescue is completed", a note released earlier by the Indian Navy.

An Indian sailor injured in a solo round-the-world race has been rescued, the Indian Navy said on Monday, after Australian authorities said a French ship was nearing his storm-damaged yacht off Australia's west coast.

The Golden Globe Race Livetracker shows the stranded sailor's remote location.

An Indian sailor has been rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean after he was seriously injured and his yacht lost its masts in 45ft waves during a round-the-world solo race.

"The Indian Navy is truly indebted to all the agencies involved in this rescue operation, especially Royal Australian Navy and Osiris for their timely and proactive help", said Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. He is in touch with race organisers in France through messages, Defence spokesman D K Sharma said on Saturday. The Kirti Chakra awardee was in the 3rd position, out of 11 worldwide participants, and had sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days which started on July 1 from Les Sables-d'Olonne in France.

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

'Fellow GGR skipper Gregor McGuckin, whose yacht Hanley Energy Endurance was also dismasted in the same storm last week, is making 2.2 knots towards Thuriya's position, sailing under jury rig.

The Golden Globe Race is a 30,000 mile solo journey that sailors compete in without support from modern technology.

The Golden Globe Race posted on its Facebook page this morning: 'Report just in. they have him.

Tomy's boat, the Thuriya, is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston's "Suhaili", which was the victor of the first Golden Globe Race in 1968.

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