Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Nightclub attack leaves one dead and four hurt in Bodrum

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A teenager has been killed and four other people wounded in a shooting near two nightclubs in the popular resort of Bodrum.

A gunman approached the beach clubs in Bodrum, on Turkey’s Aegean coast, before firing shots at random.

Hundreds of people were said to have been in or near the clubs at the time of the attack early on Sunday morning.

A manhunt is underway for the suspect, who reportedly fled the scene in a car.

The victim, who has been identified as 18-year-old Furkan Say, was shot many times and later died at a local hospital.

Mr Say was a member of staff at the Sess Beach Club, one of the two venues. Two other staff members at the club were also injured, along with two members of the public.

One eyewitness, Gokhan Balci, said that the suspect entered the Sess Beach Club before “moving away” and “randomly opening fire”

“We lived a nightmare,” he said.

The identity of the suspect is not yet known and the motive for the attack is unclear.

Security has been heightened at nightclubs in Turkey after Uzbek national Abdulkadir Masharipov killed 39 people in a mass shooting at the Reina club in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve in 2016.

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims.

Three killed after motorized yacht sinks off the Marmaris coast

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Photograph – AA

A motor yacht sank off the coast of Marmaris in southern Turkey on Tuesday, killing three people.

The Anemone sank 200 meters off the shore of Bozburun, a seaside town 30 kilometres southwest of the popular resort of Marmaris. Coast guard, gendarmerie and Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) teams were dispatched to the region shortly after the incident.

Muğla Governor, Esengül Civelek told state-run Anadolu Agency that eight people, including Captain Mustafa Donka, were rescued but rescue teams had recovered the lifeless body of Ali Doğan Çayırlıoğlu, the owner of the boat.

The bodies of two other missing people were also recovered later.

Bozburun Gendarmerie command ship said in a statement that the motorized yacht sank after water filled its stern 10 minutes after it set sail from the coast.

The motor yacht was later found sunk at a depth of 30 meters

Archaeological excavations to resume at Turkey’s ancient site of Lagina

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Archaeologists are set to resume excavations after a six-year hiatus in the 3,000-year-old site of Lagina, the sacred precinct of the Goddess Hekate.

Ottoman scientists first became interested in the site, located in the town of Turgut in southwestern Turkey’s Muğla province, during the 19th century.

Modern excavation and restoration work began in 1993 under the guidance of the Muğla Museum and with an international team advised by Professor Ahmet Tırpan from Pamukkale University. These excavations ended in 2011.

The new excavations of Lagina will be lead by Dr. Bilal Söğüt, who explained that Lagina was the religious centre of the ancient city of Stratonicea, located about 11 kilometres away, and that excavations of the two sites would be carried out together starting in August.

Lagina holds significance for being home to the sanctuary of Hekate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft, magic and ghosts.

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Holidaymaker falls 80m while hiking at Butterfly Valley

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National Medical Rescue Squads (UMKE) rescued a hiker after a fall at Butterfly Valley, Faralya near Ölüdeniz on Saturday.

Ömer Öztaş, 29, who rolled from an altitude of about 80 meters, was rescued after  9 hours and taken by stretcher to the beach from where he was taken by boat to Belcekiz Beach at Ölüdeniz. There an ambulance was waiting to transport him to a local hospital.

Öztaş, who had travelled from Konya with friends for a holiday, suffered multiple fractures.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.59 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it was selling for 4.63TL.

Weather Forecast

After Friday’s storm in Fethiye, the weather is back to seasonal norms. Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

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