Stranded Indian Navy officer rescued by French ship

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An Indian Navy aircraft established visual contact with the yacht of Indian Naval officer Abhilash Tomy - who was badly injured while participating in the Golden Globe Race - "rolling excessively" in the South Indian Ocean, a defence spokesman said on Sunday, 23 September. The Thuriya was battered by 70-knot (130kmph) winds and waves 14 metres high.

Fighting all odds, Osiris led by Irish sailor Gregor Mc Guckin reached Tomy who was lying injured in his sailing vessel in the south of Indian Ocean.

Abhilash Tomy was rescued by a French fishing vessel on Monday approximately 3,300km from Perth in Australia. He's conscious and doing okay. By Monday evening, Tomy had been shifted to the nearby French island of Ile Amsterdam for a full medical examination.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Satpura and tanker INS Jyoti Mission are also racing against the inclement weather to help in the rescue.

Abhilash Tomy, 39, is a Commander in the Indian Navy and has been confined to his bunk, unable to move since his yacht was rolled through 360° and dismasted in a vicious Southern Ocean storm last Friday.

A Defence spokesperson said earlier today that Indian Navy aircraft had located his vessel on Sunday but bad weather was making it hard to reach Tomy whose vessel was "rolling excessively" in the South Indian Ocean.

Rear Admiral Jonathan Dallas Mead, commander of the Australian fleet, has said it would take a few days to reach Tomy's location in such risky conditions.

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Tomy was on no ordinary yacht - the Thuriya is a replica of the Suhaili, the vessel on which Robin Knox-Johnston won the 1968 race. Australian and Indian long range P8 Orion reconnaissance aircraft are circling overhead.

The rescue mission was jointly coordinated between Indian and Australian Navy.

"He will be picked up by French vessel Osiris shortly".

"What we know is that a French fishing vessel Osiris should be reaching the spot very soon".

Golden Globe Race posted on Facebook: "They have Tomy Onboard and he is conscious and talking..."

The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communications equipment.

Mr Tomy's boat has been floating about 1,900 miles south-west of Perth since the incident. He had sailed over 10,500 nautical miles (nearly 20,000 km) in the 84 days since the race began on 1 July.

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