We continue our round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

The Election’s Last Gasp

The general election may have taken place two weeks ago but the press are still recording some of its effects.

Perhaps, as the so-called ‘silly season’ approaches, they are wishing they still had the election to write about.

Anyway, latest claims this week centre on hotel occupancy in the nation’s tourist resorts, which has apparently shot up to full following the election.

They don’t mention the fact that the schools closed two days before the election so families were able to go on holiday together.

We think this cold be the election’s last gasp – at least we hope it is.

Phew, What a Scorcher!

The recent rise in the temperatures marks the start of the long, hot Med summer. But bet you never thought you would see the headline ’40 degree weather melts asphalt on Muğla – Gököva road’.

Well it did and the silly season has now officially started.

Paraglider Dies

A solo paraglider, a 49-year-old Turk from Ankara, took off from Babadağ above Öludeniz, and within seconds fell 50m or so on to the rocky mountainside.

Incredibly there was a doctor waiting in the queue to take off, who scrambled down to the crashed pilot and realised he had broken bones in both legs and possibly other injuries.

The doctor got on his mobile, and the Forestry Commission’s fire fighting helicopter was despatched to transfer the injured paraglider to Fethiye State Hospital, where someone had parked on the hospital’s helipad so the helicopter couldn’t land.

It hovered while the car’s owner was called for via the PA system, to no avail.

Security guards then heaved the car away and the injured pilot was finally admitted.

Unfortunately he died shortly after admittance.

Kid Killed on Kalkan Road

There was a tragic accident on the main road to Kalkan, in the village of Çaykenarı, when a 12-year-old girl on a motorbike, with her 14-year-old friend riding pillion, tried to drive across the main road only to be hit by a large lorry carrying tomatoes.

The driver of the bike was killed instantly and the pillion seriously injured.

Interestingly, none of the reports we read mention the age of the driver as a contributory factor.

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