Abhilash Tomy who was under medical observation at Ile Amsterdam was brought to
Visakhapatnam safely onboard INS Satpura on October 6.
Adm Karambir Singh FOC-in-C Eatern Naval Command briefly interacted with Cdr
Tomy and enquired about his health condition and the rescue operation.
Cdr Tomy has now
been shifted to INHS Kalyani, the naval hospital of the Eastern Naval Command
for observation and medical assistance as required. The Commander-in-Chief also
interacted with Capt Alok Ananda, the Commanding Officer of INS Satpura who
lost his father while the ship was on operational deployment and diverted for
the Search and Rescue operation.
Cdr Tomy was
participating in the Golden Globe Race 2018(GGR) representing India in the
historic around the world race without modern navigation aids. On 21 Sep
18 his sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ was dismasted when the boat was caught
in a violent storm in the South Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles
West of Perth, Australia. Cdr Abhilash Tomy suffered a severe back injury
and dropped out of the race.
Rescue Coordination Centre at Canberra coordinated the rescue mission in
conjunction with many agencies including the Australian Defence Department and
the Indian Navy. Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Raksham’ to
rescue the injured officer by immediately deploying the Long Range Maritime
Reconnaissance Aircraft P8I in the area staging through Mauritius for providing
close support and monitoring the rescue operations and diverted IN Ships
Satpura and Jyoti to undertake Search and Rescue Operations. On
24 Sep 18, French Fishing Vessel (FV) Osiris reached in
vicinity of ‘Thuriya’ and carried out a successful rescue
operation and later shifted Cdr Tomy to Ile Amsterdam for shelter.
INS Satpura after fuelling from INS Jyoti
arrived off the Ile Amsterdam and safely evacuated Cdr Tomy using the ship’s
helicopter on September28.. He was thereafter provided the requisite
medical treatment onboard during the passage to Visakhapatnam. The ship
successfully executed ‘Operation Raksham’ and brought Cdr Tomy safely to
Visakhapatnam displaying Indian Navy’s reach, mobility and versatility to
responding to the challenges of ‘Search and Rescue’ mission. The event is
another testimony of the Indian Navy being a credible ‘Net Security
Provider’ in the Indian Ocean Region.