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Skipper severely injured in fierce storm

A massive rescue mission was on to save the Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy aboard the 'Thriya' which broke its mast on Sep 21, 2018, thereby severely injuring the skipper

24 September 2018 - 12:00
A massive rescue mission was on to save the Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy aboard the 'Thriya' which broke its mast on Sep 21, 2018, thereby severely injuring the skipper. An Indian Navy's P8I aircraft has reached the location of the sailor on Sep 23. Tomy was responding to radio communications. The area was witnessing heavy rain and wind, reportedly at 55 km/h. The rescue team, which landed in Mauritius on Sep 23, has essential medicines and food for the injured sailor. Commander Tomy sustained severe injuries after his yacht was hit by a vicious storm mid-way across the southern Indian Ocean while taking part in the Golden Globe Race. He was in touch with race organisers in France through messages. The race control is relaying messages to the JRCC which has requested for a stretcher as he is not able to move on his own Another race contestant, the 'Hanley Energy Endurance' was also heading towards the 'Thuriya' though it had suffered damage of its own in the inclement weather. The Australian fisheries vessel 'Osiris' was is also heading towards the location. Shehas a medical officer and one bed infirmary onboard and due to reach the yacht on Sep 24. The Royal Australian Navy Ship HMAS 'Ballerat' estimated to arrive after four to five days. The Indian Naval stealth frigate 'INS Satpura', operating in the Indian Ocean, has been dispatched for the rescue mission too. Tomy's vessel is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 3,518 km from Perth, and the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre at Canberra was coordinating the rescue mission in conjunction with many agencies, including the Australian defence department and the Indian Navy. The yacht was dismasted in extremely rough weather and sea conditions, with wind speeds of 130 km/h. He was in third position in the race and has sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days, since commencement of the race on July 1. 70 knot winds and 14-metre-high waves have left the yachts of Tomy and Ireland's Gregor McGuckin dismasted, and have twice knocked down the yacht of the second-placed Dutchman Mark Slats. Both McGuckin and Slats have reported that they were okay The nearest yacht happens to be McGuckin's Biscay 36 'Hanley Energy Endurance', about 144 km southwest of Tomy's 'Thuriya', but she too was dismasted in the same storm. Report with photos: https://www.sail-world.co...
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