x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Rally driver dies in UAE desert from dehydration after breaking down

Vadym Nesterchuk was found dead in the Liwa Oasis after his vehicle broke down while he was training for the Silk Way 2013 rally.

KIEV // Prominent Ukrainian rally driver Vadym Nesterchuk died of dehydration in the desert in Abu Dhabi after his vehicle broke down during a training session for the Silk Way 2013 rally, officials said today.

Nesterchuk, 42, was found dead earlier this week in the Liwa Oasis in the emirate, it said.

After a technical malfunction of the car, the driver tried to walk to the nearest village.

A rescue team that located him using GPS coordinates.

According to the embassy of Ukraine in the United Arab Emirates, the preliminary cause of Nesterchuk's death was dehydration.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said.

Nesterchuk, a leader of Ukrainian rally team Sixt Ukraine, had participated in major rallies like the Dakar Rally and the Silk Way.

The 2013 Silk Way which starts in July will take competitors from Moscow to the city of Astrakhan close to the Caspian Sea.