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Rescue of solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy in the Indian Ocean

Thursday 1 November 2018

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received confirmation that the French fisheries patrol vessel, FPV Osiris successfully located and rescued Abhliash Tomy who is reported to be in a stable condition.

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The FPV Osiris arrived at the yacht’s location around 5.30 pm (AEST) today.

Tomy was participating in the Golden Globe Yacht Race. On Friday night race organisers notified AMSA that Tomy’s yacht had rolled in rough weather and dismasted. Tomy sent a message via a tracker that he had injured his back in the rollover and was unable to move.

The yacht was approximately 3500 kilometres west of Perth, in remote seas and in bad weather.

AMSA tasked a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft and a civilian Global Express aircraft from Australia. The Indian Armed Forces supported the search and rescue with an additional P-8 aircraft.  These aircraft sighted the stricken yacht SV Thuriya yesterday and confirmed the vessel’s condition and location for rescue organisers.

AMSA also tasked the Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Ballarat which is currently en route. It is anticipated the HMAS Ballarat will take several days to reach the stricken yacht.

The FPV Osiris will now transport Tomy to Ile Amsterdam for further medical treatment.