Indian Navy's Abhilash Tomy injured, but safe after storm hits yacht

Gregor Mc Guckin in happier times shortly after the start in July

Gregor Mc Guckin in happier times shortly after the start in July

With those words, an Indian navy rep revealed the status of sailor Abhilash Tomy, who'd placed an emergency call from his yacht during a bid to make it around the world in the Golden Globe Race.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) search and rescue operations manager Alan Lloyd said on Monday a French vessel is closing in on the location of Abhilash Tomy.

Fighting all odds, Osiris led by Irish sailor Gregor Mc Guckin reached Tomy who was lying injured in his sailing vessel in the south of Indian Ocean.

The Indian navy has also dispatched vessels to help with the rescue.

"Defence support is being provided following a request from the Australian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre".

An Indian sailor has been rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean after he was seriously injured and his yacht lost its masts in 45ft waves during a round-the-world solo race.

A reconnaissance pilot in the Indian Navy, Tomy has received top honours like Kirti Chakra and the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for his non-stop solo circumnavigation in 2012-13.

An Australian fisheries vessel "Osiris" is also heading towards the location.

Mr Tomy added, in a second text message to race organisers: "Can move toes".

A severely injured Indian solo sailor is waiting to be rescued almost 3,300km from the Australian coast.

Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft till Tomy is rescued, the navy said.

His vessel is in the south Indian Ocean, about 1,900 nautical miles from Perth in Australia. This means that no kind of modern technology like Global Positioning System, electronic watches, electronic compass and the like can be used during the trip.

The Golden Globe race involves a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe - a distance of 30,000 miles (48,280km) - without using modern technology, except for satellite communications.

Indian navy spokesman Captain DK Sharma told Sky News: "He is conscious, he can talk, he's been rescued".

Both Tomy and McGuckin are some 1,900 miles west of Cape Leeuwin, West Australia, the race organisers said.

The mast of Abhilash Tomy's yacht Thuriya broke off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he described as a "severe back injury". Race organizers soon became concerned after Tomy stopped replying to their messages, CNN notes.

Competitors set sail from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France.

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