Three days after he suffered a serious back injury while representing India in the global solo circumnavigation Golden Globe Race (GGR) 2018, Indian Naval commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued Monday by a French vessel, Osiris. "The sailor, an officer in the Indian Navy is understood to have suffered a serious back injury when his ten metre vessel, "Thuriya" was de-masted in extreme weather", the Australian Navy tweeted.
Abhilash will reportedly be transferred to the Australian Navy's HMAS Ballarat soon.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the commander is "conscious and doing okay".
"INS Satpura and INS Jyoti are heading at top speed to reach Tomy", the SpokespersonNavy said.
His vessel is in the south Indian Ocean, about 1,900 nautical miles from Perth in Australia. Both McGuckin and Slats had reported that they are okay, but 39-year-old Tomy, making his second solo circumnavigation, has been injured, it had said.
"Abhilash has done long voyages before, but we remained in touch through satellite phones and internet chats", his wife Urmi told the Business Standard newspaper before his rescue.
But Indian and Australian officials said a French fisheries patrol vessel involved in the global rescue mission had found the sailor "in a stable condition".
Cdr Tomy is the only Indian to complete solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 2012-13 on board the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei, and has covered 53,000 nautical miles under sail.
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On Sunday morning, an aircraft took off to locate Tomy, an Indian Navy officer.
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. Later on Sunday, Tomy said that he had managed to get something to drink.
An Irish race competitor, Gregor McGuckin, whose own yacht was damaged in the storm, has made repairs and is attempting to cover the 150km (90 miles) separating him from Tomy's position.
The officer was taking part in a round-the-world race by solo sailors - the Golden Globe Race, which eschews modern gizmos like Global Positioning System.
Competitors set sail from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France.
Started in 1966, the competition involves circumnavigating the globe without any modern technology except satellite communications.
In the original Golden Globe race, several participants were forced to quit, one refused to finish despite being in the lead and another died by suicide after stepping off his boat.
Earlier, Australian authorities said Tomy was trapped in his bunk, communicating with rescuers via text.