This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes Iranian solo paraglider dies after 300m fall, pilgrims progress, new museum for Fethiye and more in our round up of the local news.

Iranian Solo Paraglider Dies After 300m Fall

The week got off to a tragic start when a 38-year old Iranian paraglider, Mahdi Makarem, died after launching from Babadağ, Oludeniz near Fethiye.

Makarem was gliding solo and, once over the sea, began to perform aerobatics, but quickly lost control of his parachute and fell around 300m into the sea.

Despite the best efforts of the rescue team based on the beach, and later paramedics, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the State Hospital.

Pilgrims Progress

A formal farewell prayer meeting was held in the Tuesday Market Place, to send off this year’s group of Fethiye residents making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

After the meeting some 78 locals boarded buses to Izmir, from where they flew to Medina.

After an 8-day stay in Medina, they will carry on to Mecca, where they stay 38 days, returning to Fethiye on 2 November.

New Museum for Fethiye

The Minister of Culture &Tourism was in town this week to sign a protocol by which Fethiye Belediye agrees to build a new Museum, in return for which the Belediye will get the use of the current Museum building.

The new Museum will be constructed alongside the Castle and be completed within a year.

Then a project to excavate and restore the Castle will begin.

First Stone Paid to Rest in Fethiye Theatre Restoration Project

And while he was in town the Minister pressed a button, which set a winch in operation and lowered a stone into place, thus officially starting the restoration of the amphitheatre.

Having recently written about lack of progress with this work, we will be going to check progress for ourselves soon – and will let you know what, if anything, is happening.