Injured Indian Navy commander Abhilash Tomy rescued three days after SOS

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Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who was injured and his boat wrecked in a massive storm in the south Indian Ocean while on his second circumnavigation of the globe, was rescued by a French naval vessel on Monday. The Thuriya was battered by 70-knot (130kmph) winds and waves 14 metres high.

"FPV Osiris has successfully located and rescued Abhilash Tomy who is reported to be in a stable condition", AMSA wrote on Monday. He's conscious and doing okay.

'Once the two solo yachtsmen are safely aboard the Osiris the French fisheries patrol ship will proceed to Amsterdam Island where the rescued sailors will be given a full medical examination.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that rescued navy officer Abhilash Tomy will be taken to Mauritius for medical attention.

A Defence spokesperson said earlier today that Indian Navy aircraft had located his vessel on Sunday but bad weather was making it hard to reach Tomy whose vessel was "rolling excessively" in the South Indian Ocean.

Australian authorities are sending an Anzac-class frigate, but it is expected to take four to five days to reach Tomy.

The French crew plans to take Commander Tomy to a French research facility on Amsterdam Island 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the north.

However, Osiris managed to get there first, guided by an Indian reconnaissance aircraft from the air.

A spokesman for McGuckin said he is in good condition.

An Indian sailor has been rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean after he was seriously injured and his yacht lost its masts in 45ft waves during a round-the-world solo race.

Tomy, 39, was sailing solo as part of the Golden Globe Race (GGR), which involves travelling 30,000 miles (over 48,000 km) to circumnavigate the globe.

Race control is relaying messages to JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) Australia.

He is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia and about 2700 nautical miles from Cape Comorin.

The Golden Globe yacht race rules dictate that the skippers must use only paper charts and the stars to navigate their way non-stop around the world, with no means of making water aboard the vessel. Both sent rescue ships but were positioned further away than the French vessel. The Kirti Chakra awardee was in the 3rd position, out of 11 worldwide participants, and had sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days which started on July 1 from Les Sables-d'Olonne in France.

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