How Indian Navy Tracked Down Missing Naval Officer in Indian Ocean

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"Weather creating impediments", the spokesman had said earlier today.

In a statement issued on Monday afternoon by the Indian Golden Globe Race, it was confirmed Tomy had been found and rescued by the French vessel Orisis.

Race organisers said the engine issues might have been caused by fuel contamination when the yacht was rolled and dismasted on Friday.

Rescuers from different nations rushed to get to him, with a French fishing vessel finding him first, drifting about 2,000 miles off the coast of Western Australia. "CANNOT GET UP". He then did not communicate for almost 15 hours.

On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: "Extremely hard to walk, Might need stretcher, can't walk, thanks safe inside the boat".

His latest message said: "LUGGED CANS OF ICE TEA".

"He will be picked up by French vessel Osiris shortly".

His boat, the Thuriya, is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston's Suhaili, victor of the first Golden Globe Race in 1968. "Then assess possible evacuation".

HMAS Ballarat left Perth on Saturday night, joining the Adelaide-based P-8A Poseidon, which was deployed to France's Réunion island to help with the search, the Australian Defence Force said. They would experience big swells and strong winds, but nothing like the middle fleet experienced over the past 24 hours.

The Indian Navy spokesperson said that Abhilash was rescued safely.

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Tomy sent a message to race organisers saying he had a severe back injury. One other boat was also dismasted in the same storm that damaged Tomy's.

Indian authorities dispatched a military plane from Mauritius and are diverting a stealth frigate and tanker from exercises off South Africa. He is expected to reach the Indian's position at first light on Monday.

Estonian yachtsman Uku Randmaa is also trying to reach Tomy. Can not get up - explaining that his boat had been wrecked and that he was finding it hard to move because of a back injury.

Tomy was in the third position among 11 participants of the race.

Mr Tomy will be transported to Ile Amsterdam, a tiny island in the southern Indian Ocean which has a small hospital but no airport big enough to take a fixed-wing aircraft.

"The yacht is severely damaged with gear hanging over the side", added Gaden, an official with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

He is also the only Indian participating in this year's race.

Competitors started from France on 1 July; seven boats have so far withdrawn from the race.

Eighteen vessels began this year's race - marking the 50th anniversary of the original race - but by September 10 seven of the boats had retired from the competition.

The GGR is modeled on the race that took place in 1968.