It is with deep sadness that the oganisers announce that Dubai-based British rider Cameron Waugh (No.41) has succumbed to injuries at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi following an accident on SS1.

The accident happened 155km after the start of the stage, and Cameron was found by fellow rider Jakub Przygonski (No.3) from Poland who set off the satellite alarm at 11.42am and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Two doctors and a paramedic arrived at the scene by helicopter within 13 minutes and Cameron was immediately transferred to hospital. He was pronounced dead at 12.55pm. 

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organisers, said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news, and on behalf of the ATCUAE and everyone connected with the event, I send our sincere condolences to Cameron’s family.

“He was one of our regular competitors and a very likeable and popular one who loved the sport, and we have lost one of our own today.

“Safety is always our top priority, and the highly motivated professionals in our Search and Rescue and medical teams who responded to today’s accident did everything within their power. Our thoughts are with Cameron’s family.”

Sulayem paid tribute to Jakub Przygonski. He said: “Jakub performed CPR to the point of exhaustion, and was heroic in the way he tried to save a fellow competitor.”

“A lot of other riders stopped at the scene of the accident and made the area safe, and assisted the medical team. We are very grateful to them all.”