LATEST – Local media has reported that tourists visiting Saklikent Gorge late this afternoon became stranded after a storm pelted the area with torrential rain causing a flash flood in which one person died and 8 were injured.
Local media states that 46 people became stranded in the gorge, a popular tourist destination, when torrential rain fell at around 18:00 local time and the trickle of water that normally flows at this dry time of the year in the canyon turned into a raging torrent.
Nine people, including foreign tourists, were injured. One of the injured, a 35 year old male, subsequently died in hospital from his injuries.
The emergency services have stated that all the people stranded have now been rescued from the canyon and the injured were taken to hospitals in Fethiye.
Where is the Gorge?
Saklikent Gorge is a popular tourist day trip from Fethiye and Kalkan and is a port of call for the popular Jeep Safari’s. You can find out more about the gorge in our article Saklikent Gorge – Chill Out Day Out
Library Image – Tourists walk through the initial river in late summer. Once past this point the walk up the canyon floor is gentle and fun…normally.
UPDATE – 22 July 2014
It has now been confirmed that two people died as a result of the flash floods. The body of a second person was found on Monday morning.