Golden Globe Race Sailors Rescued | Sailboats Still Adrift in the Indian Ocean

You’ll see the rescue of two Golden Globe Race (GGR) sailors in the Indian Ocean. Abhilash Tomy was in 3rd place in the GGR 2018 solo-sailing race for small yachts on September 21, 2018, when his sailboat THURIYA was rolled and dismasted in 14-meter seas and 70-knot winds about 1,900 miles SW of Perth, Australia in the Southern Indian Ocean. Tomy had a sever back injury and could not move from his bunk. He set off his EPIRB manually, but was unable to cut away the dangerously dangling mast. This set off an international rescue of the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris underway on September 24, 2018. 4th place competitor Irish skipper Gregor McGuckin was also rescued 30 miles west of Tomy by the Osiris. McGuckin’s sailboat was dismasted and was sailing under jury rig.

“Capt. Donde [Abhilash Tomy’s manager] also announced plans to salvage Tomy’s yacht Thuriya, left drifting in the Indian Ocean when he was recovered by the crew of the French Fisheries Patrol ship Osiris on Monday. The plan is for the Indian Navy to tow Thuriya to St Paul’s Island some 40 miles north, and leave a crew to make repairs and sail her to land.

McGuckin’s yacht Hanley Energy Endurance was also left drifting when the Osiris crew picked him off the yacht. In a statement today, Neil O’Hagen, spokesman for Team Ireland said:


‘During the controlled evacuation of Hanley Energy Endurance, McGuckin was instructed to leave the vessel afloat. The French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris instructed McGuckin that scuttling the vessel would be in breach of international maritime regulations. Hence, McGuckin removed all debris from the deck that could become separated, secured all equipment on board, and ensured the AIS beacon was active. The power source to the AIS device is solar panels which should remain active without any outside assistance, reducing the risk to other vessels. Precautionary steps were also taken to ensure the relatively small amount of fuel onboard is secure.'”

Non-copyrighted photos taken by PPL/GGR by
Christophe Favreau
Commander Abhilash Tomy, KC
Gregor McGuckin
Barry Pickthall
Tim Bishop
Indian Navy

Additional photos from the Australian Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Public Domain video from the US Navy:
Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Seeber
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

160728-N-KL795-020 The Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) steams i(U.S. Navy video by Chief (select) Mass Communication Specialist Paul Seeber

Video by Jamie Hawkins
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet
160712-N-ZY850-003 PEARL HARBOR (July 12, 2016) Indian Navy frigate Satpura (F48) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. (U.S. Navy Video By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Hawkins)

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