Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Investigation underway after boat sinks near Fethiye
An investigation is underway to determine the reason why a diving boat carrying 71 students, sank off the coast near Fethiye on Monday.
The boat, from Istanbul Sabancı University Diving Group, was carrying the students to dive in Hamam Bay when it sank off the coast near Afkule Monastery.
Fethiye Chamber of Shipping Chairman Şaban Arıkan said that claims that the boat only had a capacity of 50 passengers were untrue. He said “The capacity of the Teknen is 105. The information in some sources is untrue. The boat is being inspected by the Coast Guard and the Port Presidency. There are many possible reasons that could have caused the Teknen to sink”
What’s that unusual cloud?
The appearance of a UFO-like cloud hanging over Fethiye had locals rushing for their cameras on Monday. The cloud, with its very definite saucer-like appearance, was a rare Lenticular cloud.
Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history due to their smooth, round or oval lens-shaped structure. The clouds are not uncommon, but are most regularly found near mountainous areas and can appear singular or stacked like pancakes.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell, lenticular clouds are formed when air moves over mountains, cooling sufficiently for condensation to take place. Lenticular clouds are different from other clouds because they don’t move, he said.
“They are continually reformed over the same location by new air rising up and over a mountain, condensing and producing the clouds,” Ferrell said.
Sources: Fethiye Haber Bulteni/ Accuweather
10th Yeşilüzümlü Mushroom Festival a great success
The 10th Yeşilüzümlü Mushroom Festival took place over the weekend. The lively and colourful opening ceremony took place on Friday afternoon and was attended by Fethiye Mayor, Behçet Saatcı and Fethiye Governor, Muzzafer Şahiner.
Visit Fethiye Times tomorrow for the full story.
Tanker collides into waterfront mansion in Istanbul’s Bosphorus
A tanker crashed into a historic mansion on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus on Saturday after its steering equipment locked.
Towboats and coast guard vessels were sent to the area after the crash and the “Vitaspirit” tanker, carrying a Maltese flag, was pulled back from the crash site and brought to shore.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, but footage from the crash showed extensive damage to the historic seaside mansion located under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge, one of the three crossings between Istanbul’s Asian and European sides.
The Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi Mansion has stood on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait since the 18th century and is used to host weddings and concerts, according to the mansion’s website.
The Bosphorus is one of the world’s most important routes for maritime oil transports, with more than 3 percent of global supply – mainly from Russia and the Caspian Sea – passing through the 17-mile waterway connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
It is also used by vessels carrying grain from Russia and Kazakhstan to international markets.
Sources: Hurriyet Daily News/ Anadolu Agency
Police find historical leather-bound Bible during road checks in Turkey’s Aksaray
Police carrying out routine road checks in Turkey’s central Niğde province confiscated an ancient bible inside a vehicle on Saturday.
According to reports, the Bible was confiscated inside a vehicle belonging to driver Sertip B. accompanied with Syrian nationals Darsim H., Sowd H. and Iraqi national Muhammed H. on the Aksaray-Adana highway.
The suspects were detained by police, reports said, adding that an investigation has been launched into the incident.
The bible manuscript is written on leather and is believed to have historical value.
The smuggling of historical artifacts into Turkey from neighboring Syria has significantly increased in recent years.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor drew their home match against Sakaryaspor A.Ş on Saturday. The final score was 2-2.
After Saturday’s result, Fethiyespor are six points ahead of the relegation zone and remain in 15th place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 14th April away against Silivrispor. Kick off is at 15:00.
Sunday 22nd April at home against Bandırmaspor. Kick off is at 15.30.
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Fethiye Belediyespor Basketball
Fethiye Belediyespor basketball team won their away match against UPS on Saturday. The final score was 61-70.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.69 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.54 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.04 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.95 TL.
The Euro bought 4.96 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.87 TL.
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