This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes in-flight proposal, paraglider numbers reach a new high and more in our round up of the local news.

Come Fly With Me

Last year Turkish paraglider Ilker Saygılı met English woman Kathy Hancock in Ölüdeniz and they fell in love.

This week Ilker took his girlfriend for a tandem paraglide flight from the top of Babadağ, and as they hovered above the beach unfurled a banner that said “Will you marry me?”

Kathy said yes, and they landed to applause and champagne – and he put a ring on her finger on the beach.

They are thinking of a wedding in Ölüdeniz next summer – perhaps on the Babadağ launch pad?

Paraglider Numbers Reach a New High

And paragliding hit the local press again later in the week, when the figures for numbers of launches during the 2012 six month tourism season were announced.

This year a total of 58,000 launches took place during the season, which is an increase on last year and, finally, it looks as though the target of 60,000 for the whole year will be met.

Local press were also informed that during 2011 Babadağ generated a total income of 1.374 million Turkish Lira.

Police Catch Burglars and Recover Stolen Goods

A joint operation by police from Muğla and Fethiye raided six houses in various districts of Fethiye, and recovered a large quantity of stolen property identified as coming from dwellings in Fethiye, Ölüdeniz and Göcek.

The recovered items included lots of gold jewellery and technological goods, and even a chain saw and a vacuum cleaner.

Three men were arrested, and police told local press they are confident they have stopped a major burglary gang which they know, from recovered property, had burgled at least 17 places over the past two months.


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House Fire Kills Elderly Woman

We end the week on a very sad note.

An 82-year-old woman still living on her own in a village outside Kemer, lay down on the couch in her living room, and covered herself with an electric blanket to keep warm.

The blanket caught fire and eventually flames engulfed the house.

The woman died in the fire.