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Stricken Solo Yachtsman Sighted in the Indian Ocean

Stricken Solo Yachtsman Sighted in the Indian Ocean
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating a multi-national search and rescue for injured solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating a multi-national search and rescue  for injured solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy.

An Indian Armed Forces P-8 aircraft sighted the stricken yacht SV Thuriya on Sunday. It is approximately 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) west of Perth in remote seas and in bad weather.

AMSA has tasked a French fisheries patrol vessel, FPV Osiris, to respond. The vessel is expected to arrive on the scene late on Monday. Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Ballarat has also been tasked, but will take several days to reach the stricken yacht.

Tomy was participating in the Golden Globe Yacht Race and injured his back when his 10-meter (33-foot) yacht rolled 360 degrees and dismasted in rough weather on Friday night. Tomy indicated in a message that he is unable to move.

Tomy's first messages sent a satellite text on Saturday, read: “ACTIVATED EPIRB. CANT WALK. MIGHT NEED STRETCHER.” A subsequent message read: “CAN MOVE TOES. FEEL NUMB. CAN'T EAT OR DRINK. TOUGH 2 REACH GRAB BAG.”

According to race organizers, his latest message reads: “LUGGED CANS OF ICE TEA. HAVING THAT.VOMITTING CONTINUINGLY. CHEST BURNING Position: 39′ 33.512 S 077′ 41.608 E”

The 2018 Golden Globe Race is a sailing race around the world which started on July 1, 2018 from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. 

In 2013, Tomy was the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe.

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