International rescue operation underway to help injured sailor stranded over 2,000 miles off coast of Australia

An worldwide rescue operation is underway to help an injured sailor stranded within the Indian Ocean.

Abhilash Tomy, a 39-year-old Indian Navy commander, was competing within the round-the-world Golden Globe Race when a storm rolled his boat, snapping its essential mast off and leaving him incapacitated with what he described as a “serious back injury”, in a message asking for help.

He is now “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” some three,704 kilometres (2,300 miles) off Western Australia, organisers stated.

He was ready to ship a textual content message through a handheld satellite tv for pc unit, however his essential satellite tv for pc telephone was broken, and his harm meant he was unable to attain a second satellite tv for pc telephone and handheld VHF radio on the boat, AFP studies.

The place of the yacht is so distant that the closest vessel able to help – a French fisheries patrol boat – will solely have the ability to attain the stricken vessel by Monday or Tuesday.

In his final spoken communication with race organisers they mentioned the approaching storm and it was agreed he would have the ability to trip it out.

“There’s nothing there you can’t handle”, an official might be heard saying, “but we just wanted to tell you about this one.”

Wind-speed was forecast to attain 50 knots, with stronger gusts.

The Indian Navy commander is in his bunk aboard his yacht after sustaining ‘extreme again accidents’ throughout a storm which snapped the boat’s mast (Screengrab/YouTube)

Two army plane, one from India and one other from Australia, flew over the stricken boat on Sunday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) stated.

Crews may see the boat had misplaced its mast however had been unable to acquire any additional info on Commander Tomy’s situation.

On Sunday the Australian Defence Force stated it will additionally help within the rescue, with the frigate HMAS Ballarat crusing from Perth in the direction of the yacht.

Golden Globe Race opponents undertake a continuous 30,000-mile single-handed circumnavigation of the globe utilizing the crusing expertise of the late 1960s.

The race’s first winner was Robin Knox-Johnston in 1968 who gained in his boat Suhaili.

Commander Tomy’s vessel is a duplicate of Suhaili – a 32-foot two-masted Bermudan ketch.

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