Celebrity sailor Commander Abhilash Tomy, who was hailed for his bravery for surviving after being severely injured during the arduous Golden Globe navigation race in 2018, has retired from Indian Naval service.
“Added a final suffix with the noon gun today. Retired. Much gratitude to everyone who voyaged along,” Tomy tweeted on Sunday evening announcing his retirement from service.
Navy sources said he applied for premature retirement from service.
He was posted in Goa. In 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind had conferred the Nao Sena Medal on Commander Tomy, who had participated in the Golden Globe navigation race in 2018, but was injured after his sailing vessel was battered by violent winds and waves in the high seas.
Tomy said he took early retirement from service to participate in the Golden Globe Race in 2022.
“I am looking for sponsors for the event. If I get a sponsor, definitely I will participate in the race”, Tomy told a news channel.
He said the Navy had always supported him.
“I took the retirement as I reached the pensionable age. Besides, I will be able to focus more on the training for the 2022 event”, Tomy said.
Tomy was stranded 3,200 km off the coast of Western Australia after his sailing vessel, INSV Thuriya, had its mast broken during a severe storm in the Indian Ocean.
The injury had left him incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat, but he was rescued by a French fisheries patrol vessel.
The Indian Navy had made all-out efforts to rescue the sailor and bring him back.
Tomy had also earned praise for the grit and temperament he had displayed during trying conditions.