Injured Indian Navy commander Abhilash Tomy rescued three days after SOS

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The French vessel Osiris found and rescued Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy on Monday after racing 740 kilometers (460 miles) through the Indian Ocean to reach the stranded 39-year-old. Tomy suffered a rolling that left his Thuriya (a replica of Knox-Johnston's Suhaili) without masts and, even worse, he badly injured his back and was forced to send a message to race headquarters stating "ROLLED".

A French vessel, Osiris, rescued Tomy from his location, The Indian Express reported.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the commander is "conscious and doing okay".

The injured Indian sailor will soon be shifted to a small French island I'lle Amsterdam where a doctor will attend to him.

"INS Satpura and INS Jyoti are heading at top speed to reach Tomy", the SpokespersonNavy said.

When a severe storm hit Commander Abhilash Tomy's yacht sometime on Friday, he must have been approximately 1,550 nautical miles (2,900 km) from land.

Race organizers posted a photo to Facebook early Sunday of the Thuriya taken from an Indian Navy aircraft and showing the vessel's sails in the water.

Tomy became the first Indian to have circumnavigated the globe in 2013.

During the mishap, Tomy also sent an SOS to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Australia.

Fortunately, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra, Australia, was able to direct the Osiris, a French fisheries patrol vessel, to help with the rescue, and the French-flagged crew reached Tomy today (Monday) at 0530 hours, UTC, and successfully transferred him to their vessel. "He is conscious, and he is safe", an Indian navy spokesman Captain D.K. Sharma told reporters.

Organisers of the Golden Globe Race posted Tomy's latest distress message on Sunday, in which the Indian sailor complained of vomiting and chest pain.

Tomy's own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhaili, victor of the first Golden Globe Race. Later on Sunday, Tomy said that he had managed to get something to drink.

The officer was taking part in a round-the-world race by solo sailors - the Golden Globe Race, which eschews modern gizmos like Global Positioning System.

'Fellow GGR skipper Gregor McGuckin, whose yacht Hanley Energy Endurance was also dismasted in the same storm last week, is making 2.2 knots towards Thuriya's position, sailing under jury rig.

Each boat is able to carry a Global Positioning System and spare satellite phone in a sealed box, however breaking the seal on the box disqualifies the competitor from the race.

The Golden Globe race involves a single-handed circumnavigation of the globe - a distance of 30,000 miles - without using modern technology, except for satellite communications.

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