Indian Navy have rescued the Golden Globe Race (GGR) skipper and Indian Naval officer, Commander Abhilash Tomy who got dismasted and suffered a back injury.
“Tomy rescued safely,” tweeted the navy spokesperson on Monday.
“He has been rescued and has been pulled out on a stretcher by French Fishing Vessel Osiris. He is conscious and is in safe hands,” said navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma
He is in a conscious state and has been shifted to the French fishing vessel Osiris. According to Golden Globe Race website, he will be taken to Amsterdam for a medical check-up.
“Spoke to VCNS VAdm Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM regarding the condition of injured navy officer @abhilashtomy. The Rescue Mission is being coordinated with the Australian Navy. The injured officer shall be picked up in the next 16 hrs by a French vessel Osiris.” tweeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The 39-year-old Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award suffered a back injury on friday after the yacht was dismasted due to extremely rough weather and sea condition in the Indian Ocean.
The naval officer is the only Indian to have circumnavigated the globe non-stop on the legendary sail Yacht INSV Mhadei. He was awarded Kirti Chakra in 2013 by then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
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