A French vessel Osiris rescued Commander Abhilash Tomy from his stricken yacht (AFP)
Indian Navy officer Abhilash Tomy, adrift thousands of kilometres from dry land with a serious back injury was safely rescued from his stricken yacht Monday after a carefully-coordinated international effort. Commander Tomy, a solo competitor in the Golden Globe round-the-world race, was badly injured during a storm that damaged his vessel and put its mast out of action in the Indian Ocean on Friday.
Adrift some 3,500 kilometres from western Australia, the 39-year-old navy commander had been confined to his bunk and unable to move.
But Indian and Australian officials said a French fisheries patrol vessel involved in the international rescue mission had found the sailor “in a stable condition”.
The French vessel Osiris reached Commander Tomy’s yacht at 11 am Indian time as Australian and Indian P8 Poseidon aircraft kept watch from above, race organisers said.
The French crew boarded Commander Tomy’s yacht Thuriya using inflatable boats and administered first aid.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said Commander Tomy would be transferred to a nearby Indian Ocean island, Ile Amsterdam, for medical treatment.
An Indian naval ship would later transfer Commander Tomy to Mauritius, according to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Rescuers had been unable to make direct contact with Commander Tomy as his…