Fethiye Times’ weekly feature of Fethiye News.
Quad Bike Crash Leaves Brit seriously Injured
A British tourist was seriously injured on Friday afternoon when he crashed the quad bike he was riding around the Oyuktepe road near Bocuk Bay, Fethiye.
The National press reported that 52 year old Gareth Soden fell off the quad bike as it careered 70 meters down the steep cliff just a few metres before it ended up in the sea.
The alarm was raised by his son who was riding along with his father and a local man who witnessed the incident.
Rescue teams including the national medical rescue team, mountain rescue team AKUT, the fire service and ambulance were all scrambled to help recover Mr Soden from the difficult steep location.
It took the teams two hours to complete the technically complex rescue by ropes and manpower.
Medical teams had to revive the man when his heart stopped beating just as he had been winched to the road to be transferred to the ambulance.
He was taken to the intensive care unit of a local hospital.
The local press reported that the father and son who are regular visitors to the area over the last 8 years had rented the quad bikes from a location in Oludeniz the day before and had been exploring the area.
On the Road to Rio
Fethiye is hosting the 3rd round of the European Beach Volleyball qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics.
The two day event Took place at the weekend.
Organised by the Turkey Volleyball Federation (TVF), Fethiye Municipality and Tourism Promotion the event will welcome female teams from Turkey, Switzerland, Poland and Belgium. Men’s teams will come from Turkey, Latvia, England and Croatia.
The event will took place at the Calis Beach Sports Area near to the boat jetty.
Sizzler on the Way
The signs of summer are building every day in the Fethiye area.
More tourists are arriving, bars and restaurants opening for the season and the big spring clean completed.
The weather is playing its part too.
The meteorological services are forecasting temperatures could hit 30 degrees by the middle of the week.
So pack your bags, grab a cheap flight and head over to Fethiye for some early summer fun.
Paraglider Injured After Crash
An Iraqi solo paraglider crashed just after take off from the Babadag mountain on Friday.
Rescue teams were quickly on the scene and he was rescued and taken to hospital with cuts, bruises and a suspected fractured leg.
The press also reported that the local authorities are expecting over 100,000 Paraglider flights to launch from the popular Babadag Mountain in the 2015 season.
Tour of Turkey Rolled on to Istanbul
Fethiye hosted the start of the 4th leg of the Presidential Tour of Turkey on Wednesday.
You can read our article here TUR2015: Fethiye crowds watch start of stage four
TUR2015 finished in Istanbul at the weekend in the spectacular fashion we
have grown to expect over the years.
Lluis Mas (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, 96) won a scintillating stage finish. With 1.3 km to go, and a sprint finish apparently inevitable, the Mallorcan darted away from the group and held on to finish ahead of Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick Step), second. Mas crossed the finish line wearing the White Jersey, sponsored by the Turkish white goods brand Vestel. His successful TUR concluded with victory in that competition, too.
Cavendish had to be content with 2nd place, and overall victory in the Green Jersey competition, sponsored by Salcano. Mas’s Caja Rural – Seguros RGA team-mate Carlos Barbero (92) was third in the stage, completing a truly excellent TUR for the Spanish team.
Juan Pablo Valencia (Colombia) finished safely to win the Red Jersey, sponsored by Turkish Airlines.
The Turkish Lira continued its recent devaluation against the worlds hard currencies with the British Pound buying 4.10 TL by the close of play on Friday.
A Turkish Lira was worth 24 pence.
You can read more about how to make the most of the Turkish Lira in our article here