Fethiye Times News – our pick of what is been going on in Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Local disabled girl rescued from locked car
A 16-year-old autistic girl, left in a locked vehicle, had to be rescued by fire brigade and health care teams in the Kesikkapı district of Fethiye on Friday.
Nazulukah Yakalı was discovered by passers by after having been left in the car by her mother, Nejla Yakalı, who was visiting a sick relative.
Neighbours spotted Nazulukah in a distressed state, very hot and crying in the locked car but were unable to gain entry to the vehicle and called the emergency services.
Emergency services were unable to locate the owner of the vehicle and gained entry by breaking the front window.
Nazalukah was found to be experiencing breathing difficulties and was taken to the Fethiye State Hospital for treatment.
Residents of the neighbourhood criticised the irresponsible behaviour of the mother.
Video Credit: Nichola Chapman
Easyjet make changes to Hold luggage allowances
For new bookings from 15th November 2017*, EasyJet have increased their standard baggage allowance from 20kg to 23kg.
There are new bag options to suit every kind of trip:
15kg bag. The smart choice for a short break.
23kg standard bag. If you’re going away for a little longer our standard bag is the perfect choice. Available to buy from 15 November 2017.
Up to 32kg bag. For those who pack everything except the kitchen sink.
*If you made your booking before 15 November 2017 and bought a 20kg hold bag our new bag policy will not affect your booking and your bag allowance will remain 20kg.
Click here for more information about luggage allowances.
Rize hosts the Fourth Kaçkar Swimming Festival
The Kalpli (Tobacelazena) Glacial Lake in the Kaçkar Mountains Natural Park in the Çamlıhemşin district of Rize province, hosted the Fourth Kaçkar Swimming Festival this week.
The lake was entirely covered in ice and a power saw had to be used to break the top layer, which was roughly 20 centimeters thick along the edge of the lake and 70 centimeters thick at a depth of 1 meter.
A swimming area of 6 square meters was cut before the power saw they were using broke down due to the difficulty in breaking the top layer of ice.
The provincial representative of alpinism, Mehmet Kemal Avcı, was among the first participants to swim in the water, which measured a temperature of 1-degree Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit). Despite the extreme frigid temperatures, Arıcı managed to stay in the lake for about one-and-a-half minutes.
A further 11 alpinists and nature lovers covered themselves in snow before jumping into the lake. They were able to stay in the water for roughly one minute. The participants who successfully jumped into the water later warmed up by drinking hot tea.
One of the participants, Reşat Hacıahmetoğlu, said that he enjoyed the event in spite of the freezing water and frigid temperatures.
Source: Anadolu Agency
304.6 grams of marijuana seized in Fethiye
A total of 304.6 grams of marijuana was seized by the Fethiye Fighting Against Narcotic Crimes Group (Fethiye Narkotik Suçlarla Mücadele Grup Amirliği) on Thursday.
The haul was discovered in four vehicles after a tip off to the Fethiye police.
The suspects were released after a court appearance pending further judicial proceedings.
Fethiye Mayor visits site of new recreation area
Fethiye Mayor, Behçet Saatci, paid a visit to the site of what will be Fethiye’s newest and biggest recreation area opposite the Fethiye State (Devlet) Hospital on Friday.
The 68 thousand square meter site will include green areas, cycle paths, wind and water mills, 650 meters of coastal path, ponds, open air libraries, children’s playgrounds and viewing terraces.
Mayor Saatci said that the 18 million TL project will be completed as soon as possible.
Turkish Basketball League
Fethiye Belediyespor, who struggled in the Turkish Basketball 2nd League, made a good start to the season this week by defeating Ankara’s Mamak Belediyespor 64-55.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
The next league matches are:
Sunday 26th November at home against Silivrispor. Kick off is at 13:30.
Sunday 3rd December away against Bandırmaspor. Kick off is at 13:30.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Here are Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.12TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.09TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.87TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.86TL.
The Euro bought 4.57TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.49TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.