Golden Globe Race 2018 – Rescue Operation
Commander Abhilash Tomy KC of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ was dismasted and suffered a back injury 21 September 2018. He is in the South Indian Ocean, approximately 1,900 nautical miles WSW from Perth, Australia and about 2,700 Nautical Miles from Kanyakumari. All out efforts are being made to rescue Commander Abhilash Tomy. 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. Indian Navy P-8I aircraft operating ex-Mauritius visually sighted SV Thuriya at 0750 hrs on 23 September 2018. Continuous watch over the boat is being maintained by Indian Navy and RAAF aircraft till rescue is completed. INS Satpura with a Chetak Helicopter and tanker INS Jyoti operating in the Indian Ocean have been dispatched for the rescue mission. The officer in his last text message has indicated that he is safe on the boat; however is immobile due to back injury.