Indian Navy's Commander Abhilash Tomy was rescued from the Indian Ocean on Monday, three days after he suffered a severe injury when the main mast of his boat was ripped off in a storm, officials said.
Tomy was sailing his boat as part of the Golden Globe Race (GGR) - a solo sailboat race around the world -- when his boat was damaged in the storm about 1,900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia.
Tomy was battling for life on the dismasted sailboat Thoriya with a severe back injury, the officials said.
Tomy is in conscious state and has been shifted to the French Fishing Vessel Osiris, an ANI report said on Monday.
Tomy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel 'Thuriya', was dismasted and suffered a back injury on Friday.
He was in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia and about 2700 nautical miles from Cape Comorin.
The fisheries patrol boat Osiris headed the 740 kilometers (460 miles) to Abhilash Tomy since his yacht Thuriya lost its mast in a storm on Friday, Australian Maritime Safety Authority search and rescue officer Phil Gaden said.
The yacht was in Australia's search and rescue zone 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southwest of the Australian city of Perth and 3,000 kilometers southeast of the French island Reunion.
The rescue was treacherous because the yacht was badly damaged and Tomy had an injured back.
The Australian Rescue Coordination Centre at Canberra was coordinating the rescue mission in cooperation with many agencies, including the Australian Defence Department and the Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy deployed its P-8i surveillance aircraft to as part of the rescue mission, officials said.
A French vessel, Osiris, was also deployed in the rescue mission.
(With inputs from agencies)