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Global Race Commander Abhilash Tomy likely safe; Indian Navy and Australia coordinating rescue

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Search and rescue operations by Indian Navy as well as the Australian Defence Forces are underway to find Golden Globe Race Commander Abhilash Tomy, who was dismasted and suffered a back injury in extremely rough weather and sea condition, with wind speeds of 130 kmph and 10 metre high waves, off Perth Friday.

The 39-year-old Indian Golden Globe Race skipper Tomy, who is serving as Indian Naval Officer, is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia.

While Indian Navy stealth frigate INS Satpura, operating in the Indian Ocean, has been diverted for the rescue mission, the Australian Rescue Coordination centre at Canberra is coordinating the rescue mission in conjunction with many agencies including the Australian Defence Department and the Indian Navy. “Indian Navy stealth frigate INS Satpura, mission deployed in Southern Indian Ocean diverted for the rescue mission. All efforts by Indian Navy to get in touch with Cdr Abhilash Tomy SC are on.

Tomy is representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’. He was on the third position, out of the 18 international participants, and has sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days, since the commencement of the race on July 1, 2018.