Indian Navy officer Abhilash Tomy, adrift thousands of kilometres from dry land with a serious back injury was safely rescued from his stricken yacht Monday after a carefully-coordinated worldwide effort.
A report from France on Friday night had said 70 knot winds and 14-metre-high waves have left the yachts of Tomy and Ireland's Gregor McGuckin dismasted, and twice knocked down the yacht of second-placed Dutchman Mark Slats.
Abhilash Tomy, a 39-year-old Indian navy commander had been lying for three days with suspected spinal injuries inside his yacht which rolled over 360 degrees when it was hit by 45-foot waves which broke its mast on Saturday. He's conscious and doing okay.
Also writing on Twitter Monday, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Tomy would be taken first to nearby Amsterdam Island, before being transported on Indian naval vessel INS Satpura to Mauritius for medical attention.
Abhilash Tomy was stranded 2,000 miles off the coast of Western Australia after his boat was badly damaged during a storm.
The Indian Navy had launched Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8i to locate Cdr Abhilash Tomy KC on Friday.
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"Tomy was taken out of his yacht on a stretcher".
Tomy was commissioned in the Indian Navy's executive branch, and opted to be a pilot for Naval Aviation.
An Indian Naval defence attache' in Australia is camping in regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), the navy sources said.
In this file photo taken on July 01, 2018 India's Abhilash Tomy gestures on his boat "Thuriya" as he sets sail from Les Sables d'Olonne Harbour at the start of the solo around-the-world "Golden Globe Race" ocean race in which sailors compete without high technology aides such as Global Positioning System or computers.
"What we know is that a French fishing vessel Osiris should be reaching the spot very soon".
He would also be rescued by the Osiris and the two sailors would be taken to Ile Amsterdam, where the hospital is equipped with X-ray and ultrasound equipment, said a statement on the Golden Globe Race website. "He was rescued by the French fisheries vessel Osiris".
An global rescue mission has plucked a well-known solo yachtsman from one of the planet's remotest places after he was severely injured in huge seas in the Indian Ocean. Golden Globe Race is a sailing race around the world that started on July 1 from France.
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