In this weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes paragliding numbers up and accidents down, amazing finds at local dig and more.
Soaring Numbers Take to the Skies Above Oludeniz
Babadag Mountain, Oludeniz
Paragliding hit the headlines last week in a good way when the figures for people jumping for joy from the top of Babadag mountain were released.
A total of 48,596 people had been recorded as taking the leap for the year to August 2013.
At the same time last year 37,796 people had been recorded.
Operators expect the total numbers for 2013 to reach 65,000.
And Paragliding Accidents are Down Too
On the same day as the paragliding figures were published a statement was also made about improvements to paragliding safety.
The Governor of Fethiye published information about the improving safety of tandem paragliding since the introduction of flight and improvements to the launch sites. Pilots are now required to be licensed and to hold a pilot certificate.
Licensed pilots are also restricted to making just 5 flights a day to prevent accidents caused by pilot fatigue.
Excavations Uncover Two Amazing Finds
Excavations at the ancient site of Kibrya have turned up some interesting finds during this summers dig.
Historians have found a pair of bronze nail clippers and a protractor that would have been used for construction projects.
The items, estimated to be some 2,000 old, are real treasures according to the dig supervisors because of their rarity.
They have also found plenty of coins, pottery and terracotta lamps too.
The items will eventually be displayed at Burdur Museum.
Practice Makes Perfect For Life Savers
Fire and earthquake training that took place at the private Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital in Fethiye last week made the local press.
Many of the practical and technical exercises were designed so that staff can build the skills needed to be effective first responders in the event of an emergency.
Staff were pictured extinguishing real fires and evacuating volunteer patients from various locations around the extensive building.
Fethiye is located in a high risk category 1 earthquake area.