In this weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes F1 star Michael Schumacher jumps from Babadag, dirty protest, ‘big boss’ launched and more.

F1 Star Takes a Leap from Babadag

Oludeniz, Fethiye

F1 racing champion Michael Schumacher was on holiday with his family in Oludeniz last week.

During his stay he took part in that popular activity and paraglided from Babadag some 1,700 metres and landed safely on Belcekiz Beach.

He was in the air for 30 minutes and is reported to have marvelled at the fantastic views.

Dirty Protest

Oludeniz, Fethiye

Later in the week paraglider pilots protested at the state of the road to the Babadag launch site.

They say that the 10 km stretch of dirt road that remains is bumpy, dusty and tourists do not like it.

The operators of Babadag, who charge 25 TL entry to the mountain, say that they do maintain the road but that the trucks and vehicles that take passengers to the launch sites drive too fast and that accelerates wear to the road.

A stand off was averted when it was announced that a bid to the South Aegean Development Agency could be used to pave part of the road and reduce the problems.

We await the final outcome.

Visitor Drowns off Popular Beach

Kocacalis, Fethiye

A 54 year-old man on holiday from Bursa is thought to have drowned last Sunday.

He entered the sea from the beach at Kocacalis and was seen swimming freely.

However, when he started to return to shore he was seen to struggle. His wife who was watching him raised the alarm and medical teams rescued him from the sea and took him to the state hospital. Unfortunately he could not be resuscitated.

The coroner is investigating the case.

Big Boss Launched

Karagozler, Fethiye

Although plans may be underway to move the Karagozler shipyard last week the town based yard produced another fantastic creation.

The 36 meter two masted wooden ship named Big Boss gently glided into the sea after 20 months in the making.

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Tortoises Rescued in Forest Fire

Eldirek, Fethiye

A forest fire broke out in the village of Eldirek outside Fethiye on Tuesday.

Helicopters, seven fire crews and locals fought the blaze that destroyed 1 hectare of plants including a number of 150 year old olive trees.

Fire crews also rescued tortoises that had been caught up in the fire.

The cause of the fire was unknown and investigations continue.

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