Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Navy Commander Rescued 3 Days After Injury SOS During Golden Globe Race

Navy Commander Rescued 3 Days After Injury SOS During Golden Globe Race

Tomy was representing India during the Golden Globe Race 2018 but his indigenously-built "Thurayi" boat lost its mast after being caught in the storm that whipped up 14-metre high waves.

A French vessel, Osiris, rescued Tomy from his location, The Indian Express reported. The Australian authorities said there were concerns because Tomy had suffered a spinal injury and his activity on board his vessel had been minimal, but they added that situation would be assessed when the Osiris arrived.

According to some reports, Osiris will pick up Commander Tomy by Monday and subsequently transfer him to the Australian navy's HMAS Ballarat warship, which has set off from Perth in the sailor's direction. "He is conscious and doing okay". Indian Navy stealth frigate INS Satpura, which was in the region, is on its way to the island to pick up Tomy to take him to Mauritius.

It was Indian Navy P-8 aircraft that spotted Commander's boat earlier on Sunday.

But Tomy's position is so remote that none of the ships is expected to reach him before Monday or Tuesday.

"Can't walk. Might need stretcher", Tomy said in a brief message on Saturday as he waited, some 3,000km from Perth.

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"We do know he's got a very severely injured back and we believe that he's very restricted in his ability to maneuver", search and rescue mission coordinator Phil Gaden told reporters in Canberra ahead of the rescue.

Abhilash Tomy on his boat Thuriya in Les Sables d'Olonne Harbour ahead of the Golden Globe round-the-world race. "Tomy rescued safely", tweeted an Indian navy spokesman. "The P-8I was the first aircraft to have reached the area despite the lingering stormy weather and locate the Thuriya", said Indian Navy spokesperson Capt DK Sharma.

Race organisers said Tomy had sent another satellite text message on Sunday.

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Golden Globe Race posted on Facebook: "They have Tomy Onboard and he is conscious and talking..." The Kirti Chakra awardee was in the 3rd position, out of 11 global 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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