A jeep safari crashed near Fethiye, Turkey on Sunday evening killing two British nationals and injuring five others.

According to local reports the vehicle, an LTS Tourism marked green Land Rover Defender converted into an open top vehicle, crashed into a telegraph pole near the village of Korubük, Seydikemer as it returned to Fethiye in the late afternoon.

One female passenger, reported as Valerie Olton (53), died at the scene and another Alison Conroy died later in hospital.

Five other passengers including two Turkish nationals were also reported to be injured. One of the injured, British national Michael Dennis, remains in hospital and his condition is described as critical.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a statement on Tuesday confirming local reports and the names. In that statement they also said:

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism offers its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and also sends it wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured individuals.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism takes such accidents very seriously and is taking the necessary action to have it thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities in Turkey.

Jeep safaris are a very popular excursion for tourists staying in the main resorts in South West Turkey ranging from Marmaris down to Fethiye and beyond. They're exciting and good fun. Passengers sit in the back of the open jeeps and enjoy the exhilarating ride. It's a great way to see the stunning Turkish countryside. The typical cost for a day out in the open topped Jeeps is just £14.

Unfortunately, when accidents do occur the injuries sustained by the passengers can be more severe because of the design of the vehicle and sometimes because seat belts are not always worn by the passengers.

A similar crash occurred in August 2012 when a Jeep carrying twelve passengers including four children was said at the time to have been ‘forced off the road’ by a car and then hit a lamp post by a bakery. All the passengers were injured. It later transpired that the driver had lost control when he was shot in the eye with water from a water pistol.

Other incidents were also reported below.

Jeep Safari Collision – 9 injured

Jeep Safari Crash Kills UK Tourist Near Fethiye

Updated 25 June 2014

7 COMMENTS

  1. I was one of the passengers injured in the 2012 accident and I can categorically say that the driver was NOT shot in the eye with a water pistol. I was sitting in the front with the driver and we were driving at about 60 kph in a built up part of Fetiyhe and we were cut up by another car. There were no seat belts to put on and the company had minimal insurance. I believe this recent tragic accident was the same company, Bloody Gorgeous.

  2. I was in Hisonaru a couple of weeks ago and the Jeep Safari was the least enjoyable part of an otherwise fantastic holiday. The driver was more interested in shooting the passengers with his water pistol than in driving and the seat belts in the back didn’t work. The implication that it’s the passengers’ own fault because they don’t wear seat belts is not true. Most of the people tried the seat belts only to find they were broken or non existent.

  3. We were on the safari on the 23rd. It was LTS and they also referred to themselves as bloody gorgeous as already mentioned. There were constant water battles between jeeps, in fact they were encouraging it. The drivers were driving crazy trying to impress/scare the passengers. sometimes the jeeps were 3 abreast on the road while passengers were stood up shooting water and throwing buckets of water. There was no pre safety brief and seatbelts were tucked under seats. The drivers were constantly using their mobile phones and quite often drifted into the middle of the road while doing it. Luckily we werent in the jeep that struck the telegraph pole, it was behind us. Our vehicle reversed and I was one of the passengers who assisted the injured. Unfortunately one of the ladies was already dead. As I was assisting, our driver insisted I return to the vehicle and he then drove away before the ambulance arrived. There was no sign of any police at that point and I got the impression I was being taken away so I wasnt questioned. I think that any investigation will be cursory. No one in the other vehicles to my knowledge questioned. There have been accidents on the jeep safaris nearly every year according to reports on the internet. Yet they still carry on with no changes.

  4. We have just arrived back from Turkey and we also went on a jeep safari to Saklikent. Our trip was booked for the 25th June. When all the jeeps arrived at the start point no mention of the tragic accident just 2 days before was made no saftey belts were avalible and water pistols were being sold to all people on the safari by the tour company. People were allowed to stand on the seats and even sit on top of the roll cage. Our tour was a great day out but I would have thought twice about going if the unfortunate accident ealier had been made known to us but seems that it is being swept under the carpet and hidden away. Saftey must be made a priority for theese trips to continue.

  5. I was in olu deniz in June 2016 and went on the jeep safari to the gorge with bloody gorgeous. We had a wonderful day with a great guide and at a cheap price but the same conditions still exist. There were several other jeeps we water fighted with with no seat belts etc and I don’t imagine they were all run by bloody gorgeous , they just appear to offer some of the cheapest deals.
    The excursion included the option to raft down the gorge in a donut which we enjoyed but again would carry risks if the water level had been higher than it was.
    The day ended with a visit to some mud baths which had us all in stitches though I feel as I must have got some mud in my eye as the following day I had an eye infection and could not open one of them all day.
    I have travelled extensively and unfortunately or fortunately as the case may be many countries do not treat health and safety to the degree that we do in the UK or the states.
    My partner paraglided whilst we were in the resort , that is a extreme sport for insurances purposes but statistically,apparently , is safer than driving a car .
    We didn’t book the paragliding with bloody gorgeous as we were prepared to pay far more to hopefully get what was promised ,i.e. More experienced pilot and newer equipment with a insurance cover that might have meant something.

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