Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Dramatic Canal Rescue

There were dramatic scenes in Fethiye on Friday night last week when a car carrying three young people left the road and rolled into the deep channel and fast flowing waters of the canal at Patlangic.

One of the occupants managed to break a window in the partially submerged vehicle and escape.

But once out of the vehicle the fast flowing waters quickly washed the young person down stream.

Luckily a protruding pipe further down stream was enough for the young person to grab hold on to before rescuers arrived to get him out of the water.

The other two occupants were not so fortunate.

Fethiye emergency services then had to perform a dramatic rescue battling against the power of the fast flowing cold waters to reach the partially submerged vehicle which was at this time on its roof.

One of the occupants was removed from the vehicle and taken to waiting medical team who tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the young person.

The other young person was trapped and could not be rescued until the vehicle had been lifted from the canal by crane.

He too was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both were buried on Saturday.

Awareness Raised

It was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women day last Friday and Fethiye police raised awareness by handing out carnations to people passing by the cultural centre.

The officers told the press that any citizen who witnesses or knows of violence against women should report it to them.

You can find out more on the initiative on the UN programme website.

Farmer Takes Action

Heaps of pomegranates in Fethiye's manav (greengrocers)
Heaps of pomegranates in Fethiye’s manav (greengrocers)

A Farmer fed up with the low prices he has achieved from his pomegranate plantation harvest decided enough was enough last week.

So he grabbed his saw and cut down each plant one by one.

A few years ago local farmers rushed to plant thousands of the fruiting plants when the price of the fruit rocketed after it was announced as a health giving super fruit. Insert link to FT article.

This year farmers were being offered only 60-70 kuruş a kilo and many complained that it was costing more to harvest the fruit than they were worth.

Turtled Rescued

loggerhead sea turtle www.nmic.org

A holidaymaker who was motoring in his boat along the beach at Kabak near Faralya, Oludeniz spotted a strange object floating almost motionless in the sea.

On closer inspection he noticed that it was a Loggerhead turtle.

The turtle was alive but seriously injured and was having difficult swimming.

The man pulled the turtle into his boat and then headed to shore.

He then transferred the turtle into his car and took it to the turtle rehabilitation centre in Dalyan where it is now receiving treatment.

New Sewage Treatment Facility

Construction of a new sewage treatment facility for Oludeniz began last week with the demolition of the old facility.

The project is on behalf of the Mugla Municipality water and sewerage undertaking MUSKII.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.28 Turkish Lira by the close of trading on Friday remaining above 4 TL for a third week.

A Turkish Lira was worth 24 pence.

Last week it bought 4.15 TL.


An unsettled week ahead with rain and thunder forecast.