Cdr Tomy Located; To Be Picked Up by 10 am 24 September by French vessel Osiris. Thereafter, likely to R/V Australian Naval ship HMAS Ballarat, which has left Perth to bring him.
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 23 September 2018
Earliest arrival of our ship INS Satpura in current location will only be by Friday. Capability of our P8i has been a humongous force multiplier who has given us and the Australian MRCC a huge input into the state of Thuriya for planning purposes.
Indian Naval Defence Attache’ in Australia is camping in regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC).
INS Satpura and INS Jyoti heading at top speed to reach Tomy.
INS Satpura, under the command of Captain Alok Ananda, decorated with Yudh Seva Medal was at sea some where in the Indian Ocean when he was tasked to rescue Cdr Abhilash Tomy.
As Alok’s ship headed towards Tomy’s battered boat through treacherous sea and weather, Alok’s father fighting a health battle at his hometown in Muzaffarpur breathed his last. He cannot return home to his family because he has to save a fellow fallen comrade at sea.
The thoughts running both into Abhilash and Alok’s minds are test of human grit and determination.
These brave humans are bonded together not only by their profession but also their personal griefs and pains to meet such challenges.
Earlier, Indian Navy P8i was launched at 0200h this morning. The aircraft established visual contact with Thuriya and has landed back at Port Louis Mauritius.
Boat Mast broken and hanging on the side. Sea state 4/5….waves height 10-12 Fleet; Heavy clouding and rains in area; Situation being monitored at Naval Headquarters New Delhi as well as Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Melbourne Australia; Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat enroute to Tomy. Indian Navy P8i was launched at 0200h this morning. The aircraft established visual contact with Thuriya and has landed back at Port Louis Mauritius. Boat Mast broken and hanging on the side.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.