Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Jandarma teams use drone footage to issue fines for driving offences
Fethiye District Gendarmerie Command Traffic teams are continuing their efforts to improve safety on the roads by using drone footage to issue fines for driving offences.
At a control point on the Faralya road on Thursday, fines were issued for drivers caught with no seat belts and using mobile telephones whilst driving.
Source: FRT TV
Turkish authorities to stop the Visa-On-Arrival facility from October 2018
If you’re on your travels, be aware that as of October 29 2018 visa on arrival will NOT be available from Istanbul airports.
This will include Istanbul’s new 3rd airport which opens on the same day.
There is no information on what happens at other Turkish airports as yet.
E-Visas can be obtained from ONLY this website:
Source: Voices Newspaper
Walker rescued in 12 hour operation after falling at Butterfly Valley
One of two visitors camping in Butterfly Valley, fell from the cliffs whilst out walking on Friday. Kadir Yildiz (28) and his friend Davut Camli (34) who live in Istanbul, climbed the steep cliffs of the valley to take a walk when Yildiz lost his footing and fell 10 meters to the rocks below.
Muğla Provincial Disaster and Emergency Directorate (AFAD), Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) and Gendarmerie teams responded to the emergency call. Due to the steepness of the rocks it took the emergency teams 12 hours to rescue Yildiz who, due to a leg injury, was unable to walk. After attempts to pull Yildiz up by stretcher, a military helicopter was dispatched from Dalaman Air Station Command however, was unable to reach Yildiz.
Rescue teams had to call the Coast Guard and transport Yildiz to Kumburnu beach from where he was transported by sea to an ambulance and taken to Fethiye State Hospital.
There have been several of accidents at Butterfly valley this summer including a pregnant woman who fell to her death in June whilst taking a selfie on the cliffs above the valley.
Even knowing the danger, people are still putting their lives, and the lives of others, at risk by either climbing the cliffs or taking photographs from unsafe places.
Turkey to drill first well in Mediterranean Sea this month
Turkey’s first drilling ship is all set to become operational in the Mediterranean Sea and another ship will follow soon, according to Turkish Energy and Resources Minister Fatih Donmez.
Turkey will start gas drilling in the Mediterranean Sea by the end of this month, Turkish Energy and Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Tuesday.
“Fatih (drilling ship) is launching its first drilling in the Mediterranean by the end of this month and we will add a second drilling ship to our fleet soon,” he said.
He said that accessing hydrocarbon reserves in the Mediterranean is Turkey’s international right and that the country is committed to protect the resources.
Turkey and Greek Cyprus have been at odds over drilling in the Mediterranean Sea, as both sides oppose each other’s activities in the disputed areas.
Cyprus has been divided since Turkey’s military intervention in 1974, as outlined by an international treaty. More…
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor played two matches last week …
They drew their home match against Tarsus Idman Yurdu on Wednesday. The final score was 1-1.
They also drew their home match against Kahramanmaraş Spor yesterday. The final score was 0-0.
Fethiyespor move back down to position to bottom of the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 27th October away against Sivas Belediye Spor. Kick off is at 13.00.
Sunday 4th November at home against Zonguldak Kömürspor. Kick off is at 13.30.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.38 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.72 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.64 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.87 TL.
The Euro bought 6.51 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.79 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.