Read about the dramatic rescue of Indian Naval officer Abhilash Tomy

Search and rescue operations were carried out by the Indian Navy as well as Austrailan Defence Forces for Indian Navy officer and participant in Golden Globe Race, Abhilash Tomy, who suffered severe back injury when his vessel was demasted in extremely rough weather and sea condition. Early morning on Saturday, Commander Tomy sent a text, “ROLLED. DISMASTED. SEVERE BACK INJURY. CANNOT GET UP.”, following which a code red alert was issued and Australian Maritime Safety Authority got into action for helping in rescue of Commander Tommy, about 3,000 kms off Perth in South Indian Ocean.

On 22nd September, his location was shared by journalist Shiv Aroor along with details of multi-country rescue operations put in place for Commander Tomy.

In a heartwarming message, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, Commander, Australian Fleet, sent out a message to his batchmates informing he has sent one of Australia’s warships to rescue Commander Tomy. “We will find your man,” he said in his message.

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With 70 knot winds, 14 metre high seas, Commander Tomy was facing one of the most terrifying experiences even as he laid immobile in his yacht, Thuriya.

On 23rd September, Royal Australian Navy tweeted that their HMAS Ballarat was on its way to assist Commander Tomy.

A little while later, Indian Navy’s P-8I located Commander Tomy in the Southern Indian Ocean.

And sent across images.

Commander Tomy was surviving only on iced tea as he had not had a drop of water since he was injured.

Few hours back, French ship Osiris was all set to launch 2 Zodiac boats to reach Commander Tomy and administer first aid. Once the injury and his medical condition is assessed, the Australian authorities will decide whether to remove him from the Yacht or to tow the vessel, most likely to Amsterdam which is about 180 km away. Earlier, he had sent a message he could move his toes, but feels numb. He said he has not eaten or drank anything and that he would need a stretcher.

Commander Abhilash Tomy, who was traced by an Indian Navy Reconnaissance aircraft, was successfully rescued by French vessel Osiris on Monday.


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