Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who was injured and his boat wrecked in a massive storm in the south Indian Ocean while on his second circumnavigation of the globe, was rescued by a French naval vessel on Monday.
Extremely choppy seas and low visibility are hindering global efforts to rescue a celebrated Indian sailor stuck over 3,500 km off Australia after a storm Friday damaged his boat and left him with an incapacitating back injury. Participants in the 2018 Golden Globe race are required to sail out alone in a yacht from the French town of Les Sables-d'Olonne and cover some 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) in a monthslong attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
An injured Indian sailor who has sent desperate distress messages from his stricken vessel in the southern Indian Ocean could be rescued in a matter of hours.
Weather conditions are favourable: 15-20knots from the South West, 2m swells and good visibility.
Tomy's own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhail, victor of the first Golden Globe Race.
An worldwide rescue mission was launched and the Indian navy tweeted that he had been rescued this morning, saying: "Tomy rescued safely.", read a Monday tweet from the verified account of the Spokesperson of the Indian Navy.
Osiris, which has a medical officer and one-bed infirmary on board, launched Zodiac boats to reach Cdr Tomy and he was picked up on a stretcher.
According to some reports, Osiris will pick up Commander Tomy by Monday and subsequently transfer him to the Australian navy's HMAS Ballarat warship, which has set off from Perth in the sailor's direction.
Race organisers said Tomy had sent another satellite text message on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, an aircraft took off to locate Tomy, an Indian Navy officer.
Tomy has covered 52,000 miles (84,000 km) under sail while in the Indian navy, including a solo non-stop circumnavigation from Mumbai in 2012/13, it said.
Mr Tomy's boat has been floating about 1,900 miles south-west of Perth since the incident.
Commander Abhilash Tomy KC was part of the race when his yacht was dismasted and he suffered severe back injury. McGuckin, a competitor in the same race, is also sailing towards Tomy's position after making a rudimentary mast and using an auxiliary motor.
The race organisers shared messages from him on Twitter where he described his chest burning, vomiting and asking for a "rescue ETA". This means that no kind of modern technology like Global Positioning System, electronic watches, electronic compass and the like can be used during the trip.