Mini driver Al-Rajhi survives Dakar ocean scare

 Mini driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi had to be pulled from the Pacific Ocean during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally, losing almost two hours as his Mini was almost washed out to sea.

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Having been one of the front-runners during the early part of the fifth stage, Al-Rajhi dropped significant time thanks to a bizarre run in with the ocean during a 20-kilometre stretch along the beach.

Having strayed a little too close to the water edge, his car ended up being pulled into the waves.

Co-driver Timo Gottschalk was forced to hold the car in place with a rope to stop it being dragged further into the water, before it was ultimately pulled out by four-wheel-drive Mini pilot Boris Garafulic.

Mikko Hirvonen then towed the buggy to the finish of the stage, before an X-raid service truck took it back to the bivouac.

“There were two tracks in the sand; unfortunately we opted for using the wrong one,” explained Al-Rajhi.

The X-Raid squad has also confirmed that Nani Roma, injured in a nasty shunt during the third stage, has been released from hospital in Lima and is now traveling back to Spain.

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