Fethiye Times' weekly round up of the local news.

Bayram Claims Lives and Limbs

The big getaway for the Kurban Bayram at the weekend had claimed 24 lives and 87 injuries on the roads by Saturday evening.

And, over 4,000 amateur butchers who had tried to d-i-y sacrifice their animals at home had been treated by the medical services by Saturday evening for cuts and wounds caused by their botched butchering.

Market Prices Spike

The price of fruit and vegetables peaked last week as hotels, restaurants and residents stocked up for the three day Kurban Bayram festival that takes place over the weekend and ends on Tuesday.

The local press reported that tomatoes had doubled in price from 1.5 TL to 3 TL, peppers from 1.5 TL to 2.5 TL and beans from 2 TL to 3 TL.

Tree Breaks Fall

A 41 year old Canadian solo paraglider Brett Morgan Hazlett crashed after take-off on Monday when his parachute collapsed.

According to local reports he had a lucky escape because his parachute caught on a tree, breaking his fall.

But he still sustained enough injuries to his body that he had to be stretchered away by the local rescue team to an ambulance.

Hotels will be Full

It was happy times for the hotels in the region as they reported they would be close to full during the Kurban Bayram festival.

The local press reported that Mugla, which has a 250,000 bed capacity, is now a very popular destination for domestic as well as foreign tourists especially during public holidays.

Aegean Odyssey

The cruise ship Aegean Odyssey visited Fethiye last week with 290 passengers on board.

The cruiser anchored off Sovalye Island and brought the passengers to Fethiye town centre harbour by tenders.

The Aegean Odyssey visited Fethiye in May but moored alongside that time.

Juicy Spill

A truck loaded with pomegranates crashed near Ortaca last week closing the main road to Mugla for about an hour while it was cleared of the red juicy fruits.

Local residents joined in the clean-up operation and the road had to be washed down before it could be reopened.

Shaken not Stirred

An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale occurred on Saturday morning.

The quake reportedly originated from a fault line that runs from outside Fethiye to the Karaagac village.

No one was injured as a result.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 3.68 Turkish Lira at the end of the week unchanged from the week before.