The 39-year old Indian Naval Officer Abhilash Tomy was rescued safely on Monday, who got injured while participating in the round-the-world solo race and had lost its mast in a storm on Friday.
Tomy was stranded at sea for over two days during a circumnavigation tournament. While participating in Golden Globe Race, Tomy got stranded, was later traced by an Indian Navy Reconnaissance aircraft and got rescued by French vessel Oriris.
Tomy will now be picked up by Australian Naval ship HMAS Ballarat, which has left Perth to rescue him. INS Satpura will arrive at Tomy’s current location by Friday, the Navy added.
Reportedly, post rescue operation, Tomy is in a conscious state and has been shifted to the French Fishing Vessel Orisis for a back injury treatment.
Abhilash Tomy's satellite phone was damaged; he used a Yellow Brick 3' texting unit to send this message: "ROLLED. DISMASTED. SEVERE BACK INJURY. CANNOT GET UP".
Tracing his location, Indian, French, and Australian ships immediately headed towards his position and rescued him safely.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Spoke to VCNS VAdm Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM regarding the condition of injured navy officer @abhilashtomy. The Rescue Mission is being coordinated with the Australian Navy. The injured officer shall be picked up in the next 16 hrs by a French vessel Osiris.”