An Indian sailor injured in a solo round-the-world race has been rescued, the Indian Navy mentioned on Monday, after Australian authorities mentioned a French ship was nearing his storm-damaged yacht off Australia’s west coast.
The sailor, Abhilash Tomy, referred to as for emergency help on Saturday after the yacht was badly broken in a storm about three,500 km (2,175 miles) west of Australia, leaving him with extreme again accidents.
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“Tomy rescued safely,” the Indian Navy mentioned on Twitter, with out giving additional particulars.
Earlier, the Australian Maritime Security Authority, which is coordinating the rescue, had mentioned it anticipated a French fisheries patrol vessel to succeed in Tomy’s yacht as quickly as 0700 GMT.
“All indications are the vessel is upright and floating excessive within the water however at any second, a wave might push one of many broken masts into the vessel and compromise its integrity,” Phil Gaden, a search and rescue official, informed reporters in Canberra, the Australian capital.
The mast hanging precariously over the yacht stoked fears it might turn into dislodged and harm the watertight physique of the boat, Gaden added.
Regardless of the nearness of the French ship, Gaden had cautioned that rescuers may not be capable to evacuate Tomy due to the harm to his yacht, during which case an Australian naval boat, positioned additional away, might need needed to undertake the rescue.
Tomy, whose web site says he turned the primary Indian to circumnavigate the globe in 2013, was a contestant within the gruelling 30,000-mile (48,000-kilometre) Golden Globe Race.
The Indian-built yacht, Thuriya, left the seaside city of Les Sables-d’Olonne in western France on July 1 within the roundtrip race.
Participant crafts, much like these used 50 years in the past within the first such race, which contains a solo circumnavigation of the globe, are barred from utilizing fashionable know-how, besides for his or her communications gear.