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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.

Royal Australian Navy Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, left Perth last night for the yacht's last known location.

"A sense of relief to know that naval officer Abhilash Tomy is rescued by the French fishing vessel", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.

After boats from the French vessel managed to extract Tomy from his yacht, Indian reporter Shiv Aroor said the commander was "doing okay, conscious & in good spirits".

McGuckin, at the time of Tomy's rescue, was still some 25 nautical miles away from Thuriya, and 1,900 miles from Perth, and-with a broken set of sticks and contaminated fuel, made the wise decision to also request a controlled evacuation.

An Indian Navy aircraft launched from Port Louis in Mauritius early on Sunday had established visual contact with Thuriya. He is the first Indian and second person to circumnavigate the world solo and unassisted under sail.

Donde described Tomy as a "focused and determined" man who "will get on with things he has chose to do".

The Australian Rescue Coordination Centre (ARRC) in Canberra is coordinating the rescue mission in conjunction with many agencies, including the Australian Defence Department and the Indian Navy. The rescue team shifted Tomy from his indigenous vessel, S V Thuriya to the Osiris on a stretcher using their Gemini boat.

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.

He said Tomy had an injured back.

But Tomy's position is so remote that none of the ships is expected to reach him before Monday or Tuesday.

An Indian sailor has been rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean after he was seriously injured and his yacht lost its masts in 45ft waves during a round-the-world solo race. Tomy's 36-foot yacht, the Thuriya, is a reproduction of the Suhaili, which won the first Golden Globe 50 years ago with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the helm.

Cdr Tomy is using a portable texting unit for messaging.

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.

He was quoted as saying of the Golden Globe Race: The emphasis is not on technology and its management, but on seamanship and a direct experience of sea.

The Golden Globe Race began at Les Sables-d'Olonne in France on July 1.Competitors sail single-handed around the world before returning to the same port.


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