Indian Navy officer Abhilash Tomy, stranded in Indian Ocean, rescued

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Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who was stranded in the south Indian Ocean following his boat wreck during the Golden Globe Race 2018, has been safely rescued, said the Navy spokesperson.

Abhilash Tomy

“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,” Navy Spokesperson Captain DK Sharma told news agency ANI.

Tomy has suffered spinal injuries but is conscious and has been transferred to French fishing vessel Osiris. This came just hours after the Navy said that Tomy was safe and he would rescued within the next few hours.

“…depending on his medical assessment, we will either remove him from the yacht or tow the yacht, most likely to Amsterdam which is about 180 kilometres away. Then we can get medical assistance from a doctor who is at the research station there,” NDTV quoted Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s search and rescue manager Alan Lloyd had said before the rescue.

On Sunday, the Indian Navy had said, “Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1,900 nautical miles south-west from Perth, Australia and about 2,700 nautical miles from Cape Comorin… All efforts are being made to rescue him.”

Tomy’s situation had also become a dominating topic of social media conversations as celebrities and ordinary public alike prayed for his safe return to India. The rescue operation of the 39-year-old Kirti Chakra awardee was being monitored from the senior Navy officials in New Delhi.

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