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New Delhi : Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy representing India in the Golden Globe Race (GGR) 2018 on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’, who was dismasted and suffered a back injury on September 21, 2018, was rescued on September 24, 2018. At about 11.30 on September 254, French Fishing Vessel (FV) Osiris reached in vicinity of ‘Thuriya’ and carried out a successful rescue operation. Indian Navy’s P8I aircraft was also in the area providing close support and monitoring the rescue operations.

Commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued by a boat and rescue team from FV Osiris. The rescue team shifted Cdr Abhilash in a stretcher from ‘Thuriya’ to Osiris using their Gemini boat. Cdr Abhilash has been reported to be conscious and has been provided with initial medical care. He is presently safe onboard Osiris. Osiris is proceeding to rescue the second sailor from his damaged boat Hanley. Thereafter, Osiris will be moving to take shelter at Ile Amsterdam/ Ile S. Paul, about 100 nautical miles north of the rescue position.

Indian Naval Ship Satpura is closing the islands to take Cdr Abhilash onboard and bring him back to India safely. The Indian Navy is truly indebted to all the agencies involved in this rescue operation, especially Royal Australian Navy and FV Osiris for their timely and proactive help, according to a PIB release.

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