A little later than usual due to our web site problems but here is the round up of the local news from last week.

School Holidays Mark Increase in Traffic Collisions

The schools closed for the summer holidays on Friday 19th June and, it was announced this week, that over the ensuing weekend traffic accident figures in Turkey soared resulting in 44 deaths and 162 injured.

Included in these figures was a particularly horrific accident in Fethiye, when a father and son on a scooter were hit by the door of a minibus as it was opened when they were passing.

The son struggled to his feet only to be hit again by a van which was passing and didn’t stop.

The boy was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Flying High

A 31-year-old English woman, Amy Furbrook, who has been in a wheelchair for the past 11 years since she lost the use of her legs, did a tandem paraglide off Babadağ this week.

On landing she said “I never thought paragliding could be so easy. I really enjoyed it.”

Best Beaches are Right on our Door Step

The Guardian published a list of the Ten Best Beaches in Turkey and four of them are around Fethiye.

Second on the list was Butterfly Valley, followed by Gemiler at No.4, Günlüklü at 9 and finally Kabak Beach at No.10.

Crash, Bang Wallop

And a 1960 Willy’s Jeep was being driven far too fast (according to witnesses) down the hill from Ovacık by a 55-year-old Turkish man, when the brakes allegedly failed and, having hit a bus shelter and a large billboard, the vehicle collided with the high concrete kerb, left the ground and sailed into a garden.

The driver was taken to hospital and police are investigating the incident.