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Abhilash Tomy, Australian plane joins rescue assignment to keep injured Indian sailor

Abhilash Tomy, Australian plane joins rescue assignment to keep injured Indian sailor
 Indian skipper Abhilash Tomy, who is stranded 3,000km south-west of Perth, sent a satellite text message saying he was injured and unable to eat or drink. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Tomy, who was taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race, is stranded 3,000km south-west of Perth

A plane has been sent from Perth to far flung waters in the southern Indian Ocean in which an Indian sailor is believed to be badly injured, organisers of a yacht race say.

Solo skipper Abhilash Tomy despatched a satellite tv for pc textual content message that changed into obtained on Saturday, saying: “ACTIVATED EPIRB. CANT stroll. Might need STRETCHER”, Golden Globe Race organisers said.

A subsequent message examine: “CAN flow feet. Feel NUMB. CAN’T eat OR DRINK. Difficult 2 reach take hold of BAG”.

Race organisers stated an executive jet from Perth might attain the vicinity of Tomy’s yacht, approximately 3,000km south-west of the city on Sunday.

The team would try to make radio contact with the 39-year-antique naval officer and check the damage.

The Australian Maritime safety Authority is coordinating the rescue, after Tomy’s yacht turned into damaged in a storm at some point of the round-the-global race.

An AMSA spokesman stated they’d organized for a nearby French fisheries patrol vessel to go to the scene.

Race organisers stated a seek and rescue plane and a Perth-based totally army frigate would also help within the rescue.

An Indian navy stealth frigate, operating in the Indian Ocean, has also been diverted for the rescue assignment along with an Indian tanker and military aircraft, in line with race organisers.

Other racing yachts can be in a position to check on the yacht inside the interim.

Tomy became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe when he done the feat in 2013, his website says.

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