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Sailor injured during solo Golden Globe Race rescued in Indian Ocean

Sailor injured during solo Golden Globe Race rescued in Indian Ocean

A multinational rescue mission is underway to help an injured Indian sailor stranded in the southern Indian Ocean more than 3,700 kilometers off Australia's west coast.

After three days of a global search and rescue effort, Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy was rescued by a French shipping vessel on Monday morning.

The race organisers shared messages from him on Twitter where he described his chest burning, vomiting and asking for a "rescue ETA".

He managed to send a message saying he has a severe back injury and is immobilised, unable to eat or drink. He also said that they had a doctor on board who confirmed that Tomy was conscious and has been provided with initial medical care.

An Australian navy frigate HMAS Ballarat had left the Australian port of Fremantle on Saturday and was expected to reach Amsterdam Island on Friday, Gaden said.

His yacht Thuriya had its mast broken during a storm in the Indian Ocean, while he was was participating in the Golden Globe round-the-world race.

The rescue team from French fishing vessle Osiris boarding Thuriya
The rescue team from French fishing vessle Osiris boarding Thuriya

A French fisheries patrol boat found the 39-year-old after he was able to provide information via text messages, although the battery power of his devices was diminishing.

A solo Indian yachtsman trapped in his bunk by a serious back injury thousands of miles from land has been rescued, an Indian navy official said. "He has been an inspiration and hope for millions of Indians who dream big and want to achieve their goals", said Tarini skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. "We also know he's having difficulty keeping fluids down", Gaden said. In 2013, the Kirti Chakra awardee became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo.

Mr McGuckin was going to abandon his own boat and jump or swim across to provide him with "immediate medical assistance", race organiser Barry Pickthall said.

In the original Golden Globe race, several participants were forced to quit, one refused to finish despite being in the lead and another died by suicide after stepping off his boat. It has been reported that Commander Tomy's vessel got stuck in a storm with wind speeds of 130 km and waves rising 10 metre high.

The Golden Globe, which kicked off in France on July 1, is a 30,000-mile circumnavigation, with competitors eschewing all modern tech (e.g., GPS), save for satellite communications.

The 2018 Golden Globe fleet set sail on July 1 from Les Sables d'Olonne in France.

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