France's Coué in critical condition

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The Independent Online

A French motorcyclist is in critical condition after being found unconscious in remote sand dunes during the Dakar Rally in western Argentina.

Hospital officials said that Sébastien Coué apparently crashed during the second stage of the rally and was exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) before he was found. His body temperature also went above 40 C (104 F), officials said. It is unclear how long he had been exposed to the extreme heat.

The Dakar Rally, considered one of the most dangerous, has already claimed three lives this year.