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Injured Navy Officer Abhilash Tomy Rescued From Indian Ocean After 3 Days

| September 24 , 2018 , 15:32 IST

Injured India Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued from the Indian Ocean on Monday and transferred to the French vessel Osiris from where he would be transferred to the Australian Navy's HMAS Ballarat soon.

The 39-year-old Commander Tomy had been representing India in the 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation 2018 Golden Globe Race when his boat 'Thuriya' was de-masted, severely injuring his back and rendering him immobile. He spent 3 gruelling days on the treacherous open seas of the Indian Ocean, around 1,800 nautical miles from the Australian coast. On Sunday morning, an Indian Navy P-8I aircraft from Mauritius sighted the Thuriya sailing vessel.

The rescue of Commander Tomy was coordinated between multiple agencies including the Australian Defence Department and the Indian Navy.

“The Australian Rescue coordination centre at Canberra is coordinating the rescue mission in conjunction with many agencies including the Australian Defence Department and the Indian Navy. Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and RAAF aircraft till the rescue is completed,” a note released earlier by the Indian Navy said.

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Commander Tomy was the only invitee from Asia to take part in the prestigious Golden Globe Race which began from the Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France in July. He was in 3rd position out of a total of 18 international participants, having sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days.

Abhilash Tomy became famous in 2012 when he completed a solo circumnavigation across the world under sail in 150 days on his boat Mhadei.

“This has not only been the most thrilling experience of my life, but it was also something that I had wished would never end,” Abhilash had told in an interview after the journey, adding, “We (Mhadei and I) faced many difficulties, but there was a bliss in the solitary existence that made returning undesirable.”