In this weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes

Teenager Ordeal

Early in the week 13-year-old Ali Geyik was searching for saleable scrap metal amongst heaps of building rubble on waste ground in Çatalarık, when a metal rod went through his foot – and the other end turned out to be embedded in a block of concrete.

An ambulance was summoned, but the paramedics couldn’t remove the rod.

The Fire Department joined in with their equipment for cutting open vehicles, but they only managed to cut off part of the cement block.

Eventually the poor lad was loaded into the ambulance with lump of concrete still attached to his foot, and it was finally surgically removed at the State Hospital.

His condition was reported to be ‘satisfactory’.

Governors Trip Advisor Advises on Actions to Take

And on the same subject, the provincial Director of Tourism in Muğla called a press conference, to announce all local governors had been told to step up their inspections of premises, and ensure fines and closures were implemented when necessary.

The Director told press the greatest number of complaints received from tourists were about hygiene, closely followed by hassling from traders.

Interestingly, the third place is now occupied by visitors who booked holidays via the internet, complaining that the reality bore no relation to the information displayed on a website.

First All Female Fethiye Boat Trip?

Feminism has finally reached Fethiye – well more accurately it has emerged in the boat charter business.

An all female-crewed gulet is now available, that sleeps ten in five double cabins and the owner says it will cost 100TL per person per day.

The captain, Mine Gürol, has worked on boats for 11 years and been a fully qualified captain for the past three.

She is now at the helm of the ‘Beylem’ gulet and ready to take out family groups, or all female groups, for cruises of up to ten days in and around the Gulf of Fethiye.

Council Sets Out Drinking Bowls for Furry Fethiyans

Thirty drinking bowls for animals have been set up around the town, all plumbed in so they fill automatically.

The Belediye has funded this initiative under the slogan ‘All living things need water’ and a rather splendid golden labrador was pictured drinking from one of them – we do not think s/he was a street dog!

Carry on Ambulance

And ‘Carry on Ambulance’ happened this week when an emergency call from Çiftlik, where a woman had passed out, resulted in an ambulance transporting the woman, her daughter and paramedics hurtling back to the State Hospital.

Said ambulance hit a car in Çalış, slightly injuring 8 people (5 of them hospital personnel) and a second ambulance had to roll out to rescue people from the first one.

The second one made it to A & E safely we are pleased to report – but then the first one was almost there when the accident happened!