Fethiye Times' weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes refuse lorry crash, tourist coach destroyed by fire, beach protest, tourist rescued from Butterfly Valley near Oludeniz and more.
Refuse Lorry Crash
A refuse lorry returning from Oludeniz crashed in the early hours of Thursday morning last week killing two and seriously injuring another man travelling in the vehicle.
The vehicle collided with a dwelling and then an electricity pole on the main Fethiye – Oludeniz road and ended up turned on its side.
The occupants had to be cut from the crushed cab.
Electricity supplies had to be cut to many areas during the morning so that repairs could be carried out to the transmission lines at the crash scene.
Workers from Fethiye municipality, the mayor of Fethiye and citizens attended the funeral the following day.
The reason for the crash is being investigated.
Crash Home Not Jinxed
The occupier of the home that was damaged by the refuse lorry spoke to reporters last week to say his home is not jinxed despite a spate of collisions and other incidents that have taken place in or around the property.
Reports stated that there had been three collisions, four deaths, two injuries and a murder at the property that is located by the main Fethiye – Oludeniz road in the Patlangic neighbourhood of Fethiye.
The owner spoke with reporters and said in 2008 a tractor hit the property killing the driver and damaging the kitchen.
In 2012 there was another collision when a car struck the property. Luckily all the occupants of the vehicle survived, however a fight broke out and and one of the man's two sons was murdered and the other seriously injured.
And last week there was this collision by the refuse lorry.
The owner insists that the property is not jinxed but that it is merely the final location for vehicles when they lose control coming down the road.
He said better road safety features could stop further incidents occurring.
Oludeniz Beach Protest Result
Oludeniz and Belcekiz beaches are a lucrative asset that brings in around 8 million TL income a year.
Until recently they were operated by a government agency.
Fethiye Council asked for the opportunity to run the contracts but was refused and instead the contracts were awarded to a private company, allegedly jointly owned by the Mugla Governorship and Ministry of Environment and Tourism for a fraction of the income that is generated.
The controversial privatisation first hit the headlines last week when a large group of locals and the Mayor of Fethiye held a protest last Sunday in the popular Turkish resort.
By Friday the protest gained momentum when a court injunction was issued challenging the legality of the privatisation.
We await further developments.
Transfer Bus Destroyed by Fire
A coach that was being used to transfer tourists from Dalaman Airport to Fethiye was destroyed by fire on Saturday.
The quick thinking driver evacuated the 40 British passengers from the coach when he smelled smoke.
He also managed to remove all of the passengers luggage too.
A fire then broke out in the engine area at the rear of the vehicle and spread through the coach.
Fethiye fire service attended to extinguish the fire but the coach was burnt out.
The passengers completed their journey after being transferred to another coach.
Water Fall Rescue
A Malaysian tourist had to be medically evacuated by the Coastguard last week when she fell whilst visiting Butterfly Valley near Oludeniz.
The tourist was reported to have slipped whilst climbing on to the ‘water fall’ at the head of Butterfly Valley, a popular stop-off for Oludeniz boat trips.
The coastguard and medical teams successfully evacuated the tourist and delivered her by sea to a waiting ambulance in Oludeniz.
Tourist Numbers Down for Now
The press reported that hotel occupancy booking levels were below seasonal norms last week.
They blamed the World Cup, Ramadan and the Presidential elections for the downturn.
They said that occupancy levels would normally be 85 percent but that this July bookings are only around 60 percent.
A hotelier was interviewed and said that he hoped tourist numbers would return to seasonal norms in August when Ramazan is over.
Turkish Lira Exchange
The Turkish Lira ended the week unchanged at 3.65 TL to the British Pound.