Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
It hasn’t been a good week for paragliding with three separate accidents in which one person was killed and two injured.
Trainee paraglider pilot killed
An American student was killed on Thursday when he fell to the cliffs near Karaağaç whilst learning to paraglide.
The student was pronounced dead at the scene by attending health teams.
While trying to determine the identity of the US student pilot, it was discovered that he was in Ölüdeniz with his friends specifically for paragliding training.
Source: FRT TV
Two more paragliding accidents on the slopes of Mendos Mountain
Paragliding made the headlines again on Saturday evening when two pilots crashed on the slopes of Mendos Mountain in separate incidents.
The first accident happened when the parachute of 33-year-old THK paragliding teacher Özgür Öz, lost the thermal wind and hit a tree at the foot of Mendos Mountain.
Other pilots called for help from 112 Emergency Call Center. 112 Emergency Service, National Medical Rescue (UMKE), Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) and AFAD teams attended and, due to the steep and rocky terrain, a military helicopter from the Cigli Main Jet Base Command was sent to rescue the pilot.
Öz was taken to Fethiye State Hospital where he was reported to have suffered a fracture to his right leg.
The second accident occurred during the rescue of the pilot in the first accident. The second pilot also crashed into the slopes on Mendos Mountain.
Ölüdeniz Paragliding Cooperative President Hüseyin Akçay said they will take measures to minimize accidents.
Offenders carry out clean up in Fethiye
50 offenders took part in a clean up on Friday as part of this years event to raise environmental awareness to convicted prisoners.
The offenders cleaned the beach, road and forest area at Büyük Samanlık Bay around the headland from Fethiye.
Fethiye Public Prosecutor Kurtcan Eker, said in a statement to reporters “Fethiye is one of Turkey’s most beautiful areas and it is very important for people to be environmentally aware”
Çalış prepares for people with disabilities
Fethiye Municipality workers are busy at Çalış Beach preparing the access for people with disabilities to be able to enjoy the beach and a swim throughout the summer.
The access was first built last year and is enjoyed by both locals and holidaymakers.
Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni
Cracks on streets and buildings prompt evacuation in Istanbul’s Esenyurt
Twenty-five residential apartment buildings have been evacuated in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district since late Friday as cracks appeared on the streets and buildings.
Esenyurt Mayor Kemal Deniz Bozkurt told reporters that 25 buildings on the Orhan Gazi Street, which was closed to traffic on Friday due to cave-ins, were evacuated over safety measures imposed by the governorate.
Bozkurt said that no problems were seen in the buildings apart from a nine-story building evacuated earlier due to visible cracks, which are being examined by crews from the municipality, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and provincial directorate of the Ministry of Urbanism and Environment. A large scale ground study is also underway in the area.
Residents of the neighborhood told local media outlets that a low-pace landslide was underway in the area for some time due to a large construction site nearby and rainy weather over the past weeks.
Bozkurt said Saturday morning that crews resumed their efforts through the night to secure the area, and results obtained through monitoring devices placed inside buildings and cracks on the streets show that there was no sliding for the last eight hours.
The incident came three days after a four-story building in Kağıthane district collapsed minutes after it was evacuated due to the collapse of the retaining wall of an adjacent construction site. The building was dangling on the edge of the construction site on a lower level before it tumbled down during a live broadcast. The retaining wall built after the ground was broken two years ago was apparently the only thing preventing the building from collapsing earlier. Ten buildings around the collapsed building have been evacuated as a precaution.
Sources: Daily Sabah/TRT Haber
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor won their final home match of the season against Pendikspor yesterday. The final score was 3-0.
Fethiyespor remain at 14th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 4th May away against Bandirmaspor Baltok . This is the last game of the season. Kick off is at 15:30.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol updates
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Basketball team are continuing a very successful season in the Turkish Basketball 2nd League.
The team are aiming to reach the finals and move up into the Turkish Basketball League (TBL) for next season.
They are through to the final four, semi-final play offs against Bornova Belediyesi with the first two matches to be played at home in Fethiye at the Beskaza Sports Stadium on Tuesday 30th April at 19.00 and on Thursday 2nd May at 19.00.
The Team and Management want to thank all their supporters and would love to fill every seat in the Stadium next week.
For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor please visit them on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.67 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.55 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.94 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.81 TL.
The Euro bought 6.63 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.53 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth