Navy Officer Stranded In Indian Ocean To Be Rescued In 16 Hours

Navy Officer Stranded In Indian Ocean To Be Rescued In 16 Hours

Navy Officer Stranded In Indian Ocean To Be Rescued In 16 Hours

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The yacht of Commander Abhilash Tomy, who was participating in the Golden Globe Race, was located by an Indian Navy aircraft "rolling excessively" in the South Indian Ocean, a Defence spokesperson had said earlier in the day.

Extremely choppy seas and low visibility are hindering global efforts to rescue a celebrated Indian sailor stuck over 3,500 km off Australia after a storm Friday damaged his boat and left him with an incapacitating back injury.

"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".

The ADF said the Royal Australian Navy Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, sailed from Perth on Saturday night for the 39-year-old's last known location.

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"INS Satpura and INS Jyoti are heading at top speed to reach Tomy", the spokesman said.

The mast of Abhilash Tomy's yacht Thuriya broke off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he described as a "severe back injury".

Navy sends ship to assist search for Commander Abhilash Tomy. He was representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously-built sailing vessel "S V Thuraya".

The Golden Globe race involves a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe - a distance of 30,000 miles - without using modern technology, except for satellite communications, Competitors started from France on 1 July; seven boats have so far withdrawn from the race.

Tomy on Sunday managed to contact race organisers in France through messages and had requested for a stretcher as he could not move on his own.

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Tomy was in the third position and had sailed almost 20,000km in the last 84 days.

Naval Officer Abhilash Tomy is the first Indian to complete the hard challenge of a solo, unassisted, non-stop circumnavigation under sail.

On Sunday morning, the Navy deputed a P-9I aircraft to trace the officer's whereabouts.

Mr Tomy's rescue could take days and authorities are now battling to reach the remote waters where tracking signals have located his yacht 3000km southwest of Perth.

Other racing yachts may be able to check on the yacht in the meantime.

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Participants must use yachts similar to the one sailed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston during his round-the-world -adventure in 1968-1969, when he -became the first person to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

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