Commander Tomy’s rescue operation Highlights: Indian Navy releases video and images of Naval Commander’s vessel

Commander Tomy rescue operation HIGHLIGHTS: Golden Globe Race Commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued by French vessel Osiris on Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 24, 2018 10:17:42 pm
Abhilash Tommy, who is serving as Indian Naval Officer, is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia. Commander Tomy’s rescue operation LIVE: Abhilash Tomy, who is serving as Indian Naval Officer, is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia.

Golden Globe Race Commander Abhilash Tomy, who was traced by an Indian Navy Reconnaissance aircraft, was rescued by French vessel Osiris on Monday, the Indian Navy announced. Tomy will now be picked up by Australian Naval ship HMAS Ballarat, which has left Perth to rescue him. INS Satpura will arrive at Tomy’s current location by Friday, the Navy added.

Tomy was dismasted and had suffered a back injury in extremely rough weather and sea condition, with wind speeds clocking at 130 kmph and waves rising 10 metre high, off Perth on Friday. The 39-year-old Indian Golden Globe Race skipper, who is serving as Indian Naval Officer, is in the southern Indian Ocean, approximately 1,900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Spoke to VCNS VAdm Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM regarding the condition of injured navy officer @abhilashtomy. The Rescue Mission is being coordinated with the Australian Navy. The injured officer shall be picked up in the next 16 hrs by a French vessel Osiris.”

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Injured officer Abhilash Tomy rescued today by a French vessel. Follow this space for HIGHLIGHTs. Also read in Malayalam

21:10 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Video and Images of Abhilash Tomy's vessel which was dismasted due to rough sea conditions
16:29 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
President Kovind expressed relief and also praised French and Australian maritime effort

President Ram Nath Kovind not only expressed relief on the rescue operation of Abhilash Tomy but also, appreciated Australian and French efforts in the operation. He also wished the Commander speedy recovery.

15:12 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Congress leader and Supreme Court lawyer Jaiveer Shergill congratulated the rescue team
14:56 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman conveyed relief after Commander Tomy's rescue
14:18 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Watch video | First visuals of Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tony’s boat
13:58 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Tomy rescued conscious, is talking: GGR 2018
13:46 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy in safe hands: Navy Spokesperson
13:45 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Gregor McGuckin also asks for evacuation

Gregor McGuckin, who was closing in on Tomy, also asked for a 'CONTROLED EVACUATION' of himself. He was NOT in distress but felt it was the responsible option to take now that all rescue assets are close at hand.

13:39 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Tomy rescued in conscious state

Golden Globe Race Commander Abhilash Tomy has been rescued in a conscious state and shifted to French fishing vessel Osiris.

13:09 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy rescued: Indian Navy sppokesperson
11:56 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Thuriya is a replica of 1968 winner's sailboat

Tomy’s ‘Thuriya’ is a replica of 1968 winner Robin Knox-Johnston’s 32-foot wooden sailboat.  The only boats allowed in the competition are of traditional construction, with no modern, faster designs. 

11:30 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Thuriya was dismasted in extreme weather conditions

Commander Tomy’s boat Thuriya was dismasted in extremely rough weather and sea conditions, amidst wind speeds of 130 kmph and 10-metre-high waves. The Kirti Chakra awardee was in the third position in the race with 11 international participants, having sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days, since setting off from Les Sables-d’Olonne in France.

10:20 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy to be rescued in a few hours: Indian Navy spokesperson
10:04 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
'No GPS, electronic watches, electronic compass, electronic meter' permitted in GGR 2018

When interviewed last year, Tomy had particularly relished this aspect of the challenge, saying, “We won’t be allowed to use any new technology that has been developed since then. If it didn’t exist in 1968, we can’t use it. So that means no GPS, electronic watches, electronic compass, electronic meter. We are permitted to use LED lights, a few solar panels and wind generators.”

09:34 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
This year's GGR being attempted under the same conditions as in 1968

The GGR is being organised to celebrate 50 years since the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, to complete an unassisted, solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the world via the Great Capes. A key feature of the race is that circumnavigation is being attempted under the same conditions as the original 1968 around-the-world-yacht race.

09:06 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy's previous achievements

On March 31, 2013, Tomy had become the first Indian to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world by boat, an around-the-world trip that began on November 1, 2012.

08:42 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Another participant, Gregor McGuckin, to reach Tomy

The commander’s friends have been in touch with another participant, Gregor McGuckin, an Ireland national whose yacht Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance was also dismasted in the same storm. He is expected to reach Tomy in the next 10 hours, sources said Sunday evening. 

08:18 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
How the Indian Navy responded to the alert

The Indian Navy had dispatched the Indian Naval stealth frigate INS Satpura with Chetak helicopter and tanker INS Jyoti along with P-8i following the alert. The earliest that INS Satpura can arrive at the location would be Friday, the Navy spokesperson said.

The P-8i aircraft, which was launched from Port Louis in Mauritius, landed back after nine hours on Sunday having established visual contact with Thuriya, said a defence spokesperson. “Commander Tomy responded by ping on EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) as the aircraft was flying over him,” the spokesperson said.

07:32 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Tomy sent the first distress messages on Saturday

Commander Abhilash Tomy sent distress messages from his vessel following the injury.  The Australian Defence Force also joined the mission to rescue him. Tomy sent his first satellite text message on Saturday, saying, “ACTIVATED EPIRB. CANT WALK. MIGHT NEED STRETCHER”, GGR organisers said in a statement. A subsequent message read: “CAN MOVE TOES. FEEL NUMB. CAN’T EAT OR DRINK. TOUGH 2 REACH GRAB BAG”.

07:28 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Tomy's latest satellite text message
06:02 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy is the only Indian in the Golden Globe Race

The GGR is being organised to celebrate 50 years since the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, to complete an unassisted, solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the world via the Great Capes. A key feature of the race is that circumnavigation is being attempted under the same conditions as the original 1968 around-the-world-yacht race.When interviewed last year, Tomy had particularly relished this aspect of the challenge, saying, “We won’t be allowed to use any new technology that has been developed since then. If it didn’t exist in 1968, we can’t use it. So that means no GPS, electronic watches, electronic compass, electronic meter. We are permitted to use LED lights, a few solar panels and wind generators.” 

05:59 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
The only Indian in the Golden Globe Race

Tomy is the only Indian in the GGR, that involves a gruelling 30,000-miles solo circumnavigation of the globe in a yacht with no modern technology except communication equipment. Originally from Alappuzha, Tommy grew up in Naval bases around the country, since his father was in the Naval police.

05:57 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy was in the third position in the race

The Kirti Chakra awardee was in the third position in the race with 11 international participants, having sailed over 10,500 nautical miles in the last 84 days, since setting off from Les Sables-d’Olonne in France.

05:55 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Commander Tomy to be rescued today by French fisheries patrol

Stranded on the high seas, Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy, who suffered a serious back injury while representing India in the international solo circumnavigation Golden Globe Race (GGR) 2018, will be picked up by the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris in the next 16 hours, an Indian Navy spokesperson said Sunday evening. Read more

00:13 (IST) 24 Sep 2018
Visuals from Australian naval ship HMAS Ballarat

HMAS Ballarat is on its way assist an injured solo yachtsman, approximately 1800 nautical miles off the WA coast, the Royal Australian navy tweeted earlier.Twitter/Australian_Navy

23:31 (IST) 23 Sep 2018
Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained: Indian Navy

Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) aircraft till rescue is completed, the Indian navy said in a statement.

23:05 (IST) 23 Sep 2018
Officer would be rescued in the next 16 hours: Nirmala Sitharaman
22:53 (IST) 23 Sep 2018
Australian Rescue Coordination centre at Canberra coordinating 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.

Earlier in the day, the Indian Navy spokesperson had said that HMAS Ballarat is already on the way and that the situation is being closely monitored from the Naval headquarters in New Delhi and joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Melbourne.

A P8i aircraft dispatched by the Navy from Port Luis Mauritius managed to establish visual contact with Tomy’s ‘Thuriya’, an indigenously built sailing vessel. Thuriya’s mast was broken and was seen hanging on the side, the spokesperson added.

“The capability of our P8i has been a humongous force multiplier who has given us and the Australian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) a huge input into the state of Thuriya for planning purposes. Indian Naval Defence Attache’ in Australia is camping in regional MRCC,” the Navy said.