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

First Signs of Spring

early spring blossom
early spring blossom

Almond trees in full blossom in Ovacik featured in the local press last week.

The article boasted that Ovacik was enjoying temperatures of 20 degrees and that spring was well on its way.

However, one hot day doesn’t make spring.

The weather forecast predicts highs of 15 and lows of 5 degrees next week so winter still has a few weeks to go.

Tour of Turkey May Move

The international Tour of Turkey cycle race is a popular annual event that sees some of the worlds  professional riders and their entourage roll in and out of Fethiye each April.

But news released last week is indicating that the race could be moved to October.

Cyclingweekly reported that the organisers of the Tour of Turkey have proposed a new date for their race in the hope that it will attract the minimum number of WorldTour teams required to secure its future as a top-tier race.

The publication said “One of 10 new WorldTour events for the 2017 season, the race is supposed to run from April 18-23, a date that clashes with the Ardennes Classics, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and comes just a fortnight before the Giro d’Italia.”

The proposal is to move the race to the 8-15 October.

Read more at cyclingweekly.com

Injured Paraglider Rescue Delay

A tandem paragliding pilot and his passenger were injured last week when their chute lost air and saw them plummet some 15m on to rocks.

The couple had taken off from the world famous Babadag mountain on a flight to the beach some 1.2km below when disaster struck at 800m and their chute folded in a so called thermal incident.

An emergency call was made to rescue services at 11am.

The passenger, a Chinese tourist, injured his foot and was piggybacked some 300m to a waiting ambulance by one of the UMKE rescue workers.

The pilot suffered head injuries and a call was made to airlift him to hospital.

The press said that “After a long wait” a rescue helicopter from the Coast Guard Command in Antalya arrived.

The injured pilot was then taken to the helicopter on a stretcher.

The helicopter landed in the garden of Fethiye State Hospital at 17.00 hours.

The injured Paraglider pilot was treated at the hospital

The Chairman of the Oludeniz Pilot Cooperative told the local press that the pilot waited too long to be transported to hospital and he would be seeking assurances of a quicker response time going forward.

Lucky Escape

A family had a lucky escape last Wednesday when a fire started in their home in the Kesikkapı neighbourhood of Fethiye.

The family had been sitting in their lounge when the fire took hold in another part of the house.

The alarm was raised.

Fire crews extingushed the fire.

Unfortunately the home suffered extensive damage.

The family, who are tenants of the home, told the press they didn’t know how the fire had started.

The Police are investigating.

Turkish Money

The recent fluctuations in the value of the Turkish currency relaxed again last week for the second week in a row.

The British Pound bought 4.50 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before the Pound bought 4.61 TL.

Weather Forecast

It’s going to be a sunny, dry and warmer week ahead.

But stay wrapped up as it’s still cooler in the evenings.

UV Level – Medium

Even though it’s winter that sun is still strong so if you are out don’t forget to apply some sun protection to prevent winter burn.