Plane dispatched from Perth to rescue sailor

Abilhas Tomy is a Navy commander

He was on the third position in the race, The Indian Express reported.

In 2013, Tomy became the first Indian to sail around the world.

Solo skipper Abhilash Tomy, an officer in the Indian Navy, was taking part in the Golden Globe Race when his 10-metre vessel Thuriya was de-masted in a storm in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,800 nautical miles south-west of Perth. Commander Abhilash Tomy, who is representing India in an worldwide sailing event, has suffered serious back injury after a storm dismasted his yacht while sailing in the Indian Ocean.

"Cdr Tomy is in communication with the Race Control at France through messages. He has requested for a stretcher as he is not able to move on his own", the defence spokesman quoted the Australian JRCC as saying in a release.

The race started on 1 July 2018 when competitors set sail from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France.

His wind vane self-steering was smashed by the falling mast but he was also heading towards the injured sailor to help. Osiris has a medical officer on board, along with a one-bed infirmary.

The Royal Australian Navy Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, sailed from Perth about 6pm local time on Saturday to the yacht's last known location. "All-out efforts are being made to rescue Abhilash Tomy".

The capsized yacht Thuriya of solo sailor Abhilash Tomy
Image His boat Thuriya was demasted after it rolled during a storm

An Indian navy stealth frigate, operating in the Indian Ocean, has also been diverted for the rescue mission along with an Indian tanker and military plane, according to race organisers.

Organisers said the executive jet from Perth would reach the area of the yacht on Sunday.

The yachts of Tomy and Ireland's Gregory McGuckin were dismasted by 70-knot winds and 14m-high seas.

Both McGuckin and Slats report that they are okay, but 39-year-old Abhilash, a commander in the Indian Navy making his second solo circumnavigation, has been injured, it had said.

Commander Abhilash Tomy is sailing aboard an indigenously built sailing vessel, SV Thuraya, which overturned and dismasted during stormy weather.

The nearest yacht was McGuckin's "Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance", some 90 miles to the southwest of Commander Tomy's "Thuriya", but she too was dismasted in the same storm.

Abhilash Tomy (39) is an officer in the Indian Navy and is now competing in the 2018 Golden Globe Race which involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe.

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