Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Turkish ‘aquarium man’ breaks world record in diving
Cem Karabay successfully broke the world record of the longest open saltwater scuba dive in cold water on April 23. Karabay set a new world record of a 30 hours 20 minutes open dive at a depth of 7.9 meters. He was equipped with a drysuit and a full-face mask. No heating device was used.
The existing record in the same category was 15 hours 10 minutes.
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Istanbul Dame De Sion High School – hiking and cleaning the Lycian Way
Istanbul Dame De Sion High School were in Fethiye last weekend to enjoy two days on the Lycian Way. You’d expect the reason they were coming was to hike the first leg of this world famous route, and in part it was.
The school is carrying out environmental projects all around Turkey and the purpose of their visit was to carry out a two-day clean up as well as enjoying the hike.
Organised by Naim Sür from Lycian Trekking, and accompanied by Sam Tucker from One Man Many Paths, the group spent the first day hiking and cleaning the path from Fethiye to Kayaköy. The second day they went from the Montana Pine in Hisarönü to Faralya.
Fethiye Municipality collected rubbish from agreed points along the way.
The school will be visiting Austria next month to present what they have achieved with their project.
Turkey has third-most cleanest beaches in the world
Turkey’s coasts continue to draw visitors and apart from their beauty, Turkey has some of cleanest beaches in the world. According to a study conducted by the Foundation for Environmental Education, which gives the Blue Flag designation to the cleanest beaches in the world, Turkey has the third-most Blue Flagged beaches in the world, beatingb France and Italy.
With 579 Blue Flagged beaches, Spain comes first, followed by Greece with 466.
France and Italy came in fourth and fifth places.
The Blue Flag program works to connect the public with their surroundings and encourage them to learn more about the environment.
A world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe, the Blue Flag program is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. In order to qualify for this prestigious designation, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.
Source: Daily Sabah
Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey
Dozens were slightly injured after an earthquake in southeastern Turkey.
The earthquake struck Samsat village in the province of Adiyaman early Tuesday at 3.34 a.m. local time (0034 GMT). The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at 10 kilometres deep.
Turkey’s health minister said of those injured, 35 were still receiving treatment. The regional governor said the injuries were caused as people fled their homes in panic.
The quake was felt in neighbouring provinces. Turkey’s Kandilli Earthquake Monitoring Center recorded at least 13 aftershocks.
Source: ABC News
Dawn service held in Turkey to mark Gallipoli landings
Over 1,000 visitors from Australia and New Zealand attended a dawn service in Turkey’s western province of Çanakkale on April 25 to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the landing of foreign troops on Turkish soil during World War I.
Nearly 1,300 Australians and New Zealanders made the trip to the former battlefields overlooking the Dardanelles Strait for the annual sunrise commemoration of the start of the eight-month campaign.
Participants stayed out overnight at the commemoration site in sleeping bags and blankets in cold weather, waiting for the service to start as they watched documentaries and interviews on the World War I Çanakkale battle.
Patsy Reddy, governor-general of New Zealand, Britain’s Europe and the Americas Minister Alan Duncan, Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, U.K. envoy to Turkey Dominick Chilcott, French Col. Valery Sens, Çanakkale Deputy Governor Turan Yilmaz and a large number of domestic and foreign officials also attended the ceremony.
Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, Andrew Dalton from Australia said that this was his first visit to Çanakkale.
The 55-year-old psychologist said he was pleased to be at the dawn ceremony to commemorate his ancestors.
“It is a wonderful place here. I would like to thank Turkey for letting us experience this. As Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, we are all here together,” he said.
The ceremony started at 5:30 a.m. and lasted an hour.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Married couple found dead in their home
A couple were found dead in their home in the Akarca district of Fethiye on Friday. Neighbours were concerned when there was no response to repeated visits to the apartment and broke a window to gain access.
The wife, Sevil Bektaş (43), was found lying in the corridor with a head injury and the husband, Abdulvahap Bektaş (56), was found hanging from the ceiling on the top floor.
The bodies of the couple were sent to the Muğla Forensic Medicine Institute.
Police teams are investigating the possibility that Bektaş commited suicide after killing his wife.
The couple, who had lived together for three years, were married just over a month ago on 16th March.
Turkey bids to host UEFA’s European Football Championship in 2024
Turkey has handed in its bid to host UEFA’s European Football Championship of 2024.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) delegation visited the headquarters of European soccer’s governing body Uefa in Nyon, Switzerland, to hand over the formal bid ahead of the 27th April deadline.
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Sources: UEFA/TRT World
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor won their away match against Karşıyakar yesterday. The final score was 0-4.
After yesterday’s result, Fethiyespor move up to 14th place on the league table. They are now safe from relegation.
The end of the season
The last match of the season is on Saturday 5th May at home to Bugaşspor AŞ. Kick off is at 15.30
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.56 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.70 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.04 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.07 TL.
The Euro bought 4.90 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.00 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Today’s featured image is by local photographer, Natalia Alpatova