Navy commander Abhilash Tomy rescued, in conscious state

Gregor McGuckin's boat was seriously damaged on the 82nd day of the race

Injured Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR), was rescued from the Indian Ocean with the help of Australian Navy and French vessel Osiris on Monday.

Tomy was battling for life on the dismasted sailboat Thoriya with a severe back injury, the officials said.

"A sense of relief to know that naval officer Cdr Tomy is rescued by the French fishing vessel".

Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Ballarat has also been tasked, but will take several days to reach the stricken yacht.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the commander is "conscious and doing okay".

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said Commander Tomy would be transferred to a nearby Indian Ocean island, Ile Amsterdam, for medical treatment.

Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Satpura with a Chetak Helicopter and tanker INS Jyoti, operating in the Indian Ocean, are also enroute.

The yacht is in Australia's search and rescue zone 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southwest of the Australian city of Perth and 3,000 kilometers southeast of the French island Reunion.

An Indian Navy aircraft launched from Port Louis in Mauritius early on Sunday had established visual contact with Thuriya. In 2013, the Kirti Chakra awardee became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo.

Donde described Tomy as a "focused and determined" man who "will get on with things he has made a decision to do".

The Australian, Indian and French navies have dispatched vessels to rescue the sailor, however they are unlikely to reach him before tomorrow due to poor weather conditions.

Tomy was participating in the Golden Globe non-stop, unassisted, round-the-world race, a revival of a famous 1968 race.

Commander Tomy's boat Thuriya, was dismasted in extremely rough weather and sea conditions, with wind speeds of up to 130 kmph and 10-metre-high waves. Later on Sunday, Tomy said that he had managed to get something to drink.

He was in third place in the Golden Globe Race when the storm hit.

Fellow GGR skipper, Dubliner Gregor McGuckin whose yacht Hanley Energy Endurance was also dismasted in the same storm last week, is making 2.2 knots towards Thuriya's position, sailing under jury rig.

Before the accident, Tomy was in the third position among 11 worldwide participants and had sailed over 10,500 nautical miles since the race began on July 1.

His boat, the Thuriya, is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhaili, victor of the first Golden Globe Race in 1968. The course is a 30,000km circumnavigation of the globe to be completed solo in yachts similar to those used in the first edition of the race 50 years ago.

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