Visakhapatnam: Commander Abhilash Tomy has brought to Visakhapatnam safely onboard INS Satpura. He was under medical observation at Ile Amsterdam.
Tomy has now been shifted to naval hospital INHS Kalyani for observation and medical assistance.
Tomy was participating in the Golden Globe Race 2018 representing India without modern navigation aids. On Sep.18 his boat Thuriya was dismasted when it was caught in a violent storm in the South Indian Ocean. This place is approximately 1900 nautical miles West of Perth in Australia.
Abhilash Tomy suffered a severe back injury. The Australian Rescue Coordination Centre coordinated the rescue mission in association with the Australian Defence Department and Indian Navy.
Indian Navy launched rescue operation named as Raksham for the injured officer by immediately deploying the Aircraft P8I in the area staging through Mauritius for providing close support and monitoring the rescue operations and diverted IN Ships Satpura and Jyoti to undertake rescue Operation.
On Sep.24, French Fishing Vessel Osiris reached in the vicinity of Thuriya and carried out a successful rescue operation and later shifted Commander Tomy to Ile Amsterdam.
INS Satpura arrived off the Ile Amsterdam and safely evacuated Commander Tomy using ship’s helicopter on Sep.28. He was thereafter provided the requisite medical treatment onboard during the passage to Visakhapatnam.