Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Three Britons die in suspected suicides in Muğla
Muğla, a province popular among British holidaymakers, was the scene of the deaths of three British tourists in one day, all apparently suicides.
After two tourists were found dead from heroin overdoses inside a tent in the resort town of Fethiye on Tuesday, media outlets reported that 30-year-old Andrew Paul Westlake jumped to his death inside a terminal at Muğla’s Dalaman Airport on the same day.
Two British tourists are found dead ‘beside traces of heroin’ in their tent two days after arriving for a camping holiday in Turkey
The bodies of Natasha Amanda-Jane Layman, 45, and James Samuel Bryers, 50, were discovered on Monday by camp workers after they grew suspicious when the couple hadn’t been seen for 48 hours.
Ms Layman and Mr Bryers arrived at Günlüklü Bay, a resort on the Turkish Riviera just west of the popular harbour city of Fethiye, two days earlier.
Local Doğan News Agency reported that heroin was found in their tent and that their autopsies showed they died of an overdose.
The Fethiye public prosecutor’s office confirmed that they were carrying out an official investigation into the deaths.
Andrew Paul Westlake plunged 50ft to his death after jumping over a balcony at a Turkish airport yesterday, traumatised witnesses have claimed.
Westlake, 30, had been escorted off a plane for “security reasons” minutes before he is understood to have leapt over a ledge at Dalaman airport.
According to Turkish media he had been wandering the terminal for three days looking for a ticket back to Britain after missing his flight.
After boarding a flight at around 3am, Mr Westlake is said to have argued with cabin crew and been taken off the plane, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
Earlier the pilot had ordered the dad, from County Durham, off the flight for being unruly and police were called.
Mr Westlake’s aunt Pauline Butler spoke of his mother’s devastation following the death of the dad-of-one on his first family holiday with his partner and daughter.
Source: Mail Online/The Sun
Fethiye to trial free entry to local bay
There will be no entry fee to Büyük Samanlık bay in Fethiye this summer.
The majority of the bays around the coast in Fethiye are now run privately however, this year Büyük Samanlık has been taken back under the control of Fethiye Belediye (Municipality).
They are conducting a trial to see if the area can be kept clean and tidy so please dispose of rubbish responsibly.
New cycle path for Fethiye
The new cycle path in Fethiye has generated mixed feelings.
The bright blue path cuts a ‘colourful’ swathe along the harbour and has been the subject of much discussion.
Looking at the work that is being done, it looks as though the path may eventually go all along the harbour to the lighthouse at Akarca – maybe all the way to Çalış. We were very happy to see the new path includes access ramps suitable for wheelchair users.
Whilst most people agree there is a need for it, many aren’t too sure about the colour! What do you think?
Seven more Turkish sites added to UNESCO’s tentative heritage list
Seven more Turkish sites have been added to UNESCO’s tentative World Heritage List, the Culture Ministry stated on June 1.
The ministry said the number of sites from Turkey on the UNESCO list is now 78.
Among the sites added are the Priene archaeological site in the Aegean province of Aydın, the Sarıkaya Roman bath in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat, Harput historic city in the eastern province of Elazığ, the Justinianus bridge in western Turkey, and Niksar in the eastern province of Tokat, the capital of the Turkish Danishmend dynasty that ruled north-central and eastern Anatolia in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Also added are underground waterworks in the southeastern province of Gaziantep and wooden mosques in Konya, Kastamonu, Afyonkarahisar and the capital Ankara.
UNESCO’s tentative list is a pre-step for the heritage list and it is consists of entities that are conveyed by the member states to the World Heritage Committee for nomination to the World Heritage List.
A total of 17 sites in Turkey are on the UNESCO World Heritage List including historic areas of Istanbul; Hattusha, the Hittite capital in central Anatolia; and Mount Nemrut in the southeast.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
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Fethiyespor chairman voted in for another term
Members expressed confidence in the current chairman of Fethiyespor, Mustafa Ferizcan Güven, yesterday when they elected him for another term.
Former chairman of the club, Ismail Öztürk, withdrew from the nomination and current chairman, Mustafa Ferizcan was elected.
The event was attended by Fethiye Governor Muzaffer Şahiner, Fethiye Mayor and Fethiyespor Honorary President Behçet Saatci, Fethiyespor Former Presidents Esat Bakırcı, Yavuz Torunoğları and Timur Fidan.
Speaking afterwards, Ferizcan said “We will make good transfers next year, Fethiyespor, will be in the top of the league”
Fethiye Belediyespor won their away match against Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye on Saturday. The final score was 63 – 78.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 6.20 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.25 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.65 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.70 TL.
The Euro bought 5.42 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.48 TL.
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