History & People (84)
Many people in Kalkan are coming to terms with the shocking news that a local young man, Mehmet Sertel lost his life in a tragic motorbike accident early this morning.
The incident is believed to have occured at about 05.20 this morning close to Yalı supermarket on Şehitler Caddesi. The Jandarma are investigating what happened but we understand that there were no witnesses to the accident.
CCTV images from local business premises appear to show that no other vehicles were involved, and it seems that Mehmet lost control of his motorbike and collided with the pavement. Unfortunately Mehmet was not wearing a crash helmet and he suffered fatal injuries.
It is with great sadness that we report the untimely death of former Kalkan resident Alev Börükanlar.
Alev died suddenly and unexpectedly today in her newly adopted home in Cambodia. She was only 47 years old.
Alev was originally from Istanbul but she and her husband Mehmet were well known in Kalkan as the owners of the old Luka restaurant, which used to be near to the D400, up the hill from where we now have the Carrefour supermarket. The Luka moved for a short time down to the spot where Black and Gold Bar was last year, next to Korsan Meze.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of a regular visitor to Kalkan, Alan Caine-Williams.
Alan suffered a stroke last month and passed away on 23rd January. He was in his early 80s.
Alan and his wife Sandi have been familiar faces in Kalkan since their first visit in 1992. Like many of us they fell in love with the place and the people, and in 2000 they bought their own apartment. They made many friends in Kalkan over the years.
Back in the UK Alan and Sandi have lived for a number of years in Norfolk where prior to retirement Alan worked in the agriculture industry.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Hüseyin Gökçer, who was more affectionately known as 'Enişte' by many people in Kalkan.
Enişte passed away overnight; he was 83 years old.
It is understood that he will be buried in the Kalkan cemetary this afternoon after prayers at the Mosque - around 13.30.
We know of many people here in Kalkan who will be saddened to learn of Enişte's death.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of a regular visitor to Kalkan - Merryl Cook.
Merryl, who loved Kalkan, died in England on 4th June as a result of medical complications following a fall. She was 85 years old.
Merryl's connection with Kalkan goes back more than two decades. After a visit in 1990 she, her husband Laurence and daughter Alison bought a house in Kalkan Old Town in 1992. They have been back each year since.
Full of energy and enthusiasm for Turkey, a great cook and hostess, she was firstly a painter but also worked in other media. The mosaics on the walls of the garden in front of their house are a fitting memorial. See images below.
It is with great sorrow that we report the death of a regular visitor to Kalkan - Philippa Jessel-McDonald, or just Pippa as she was affectionately known.
This wonderful lady passed away on 30th May in the Marsden Hospital, London after battling oesophageal cancer. She was 69 years old.
Philippa and husband Bill started coming to Kalkan 12 years ago and used to spend several months every year here in their villa at Club Patara.
They were wonderful hosts and excellent company. Philippa was a retired barrister and had so many wonderful stories to tell from her interesting life in London. It was a genuine pleasure to have known her.
It is with great sadness that we report the untimely death of Kalkan fan Kim Elsey.
Kim's husband Terry contacted KTLN to say that his dear wife passed away earlier this month after a short and brave battle with cancer. She was only 55 years old.
Terry and Kim have been coming to Kalkan for many years - usually twice a year - and we suspect that many people will recognise Kim's smiling face from our photograph.
Article update: KTLN has learned of the untimely death of Kalkan lover Barry Phillips. Barry was on holiday with a friend at his villa in Kalkan when he died on Sunday 15th May. He was only 52 years old.
Barry lived in Droitwich in the Midlands and had a career as a photographer, at one time supplying pictures to Fleet Street.
His association with Kalkan goes back over 15 years and quite apart from being a villa owner he was a familiar face to many around town.
Tragedy struck in Kalkan at around 09.00 this morning when local businessman Mustafa Yılmaz died in an accident at a construction site next to Yalı supermarket on Şehir Caddesi.
It is understood that he fell off ladders at the back of the building and sustained severe injuries. The medical services were called but sadly his life could not be saved. He was 62 years old.
Mustafa Yılmaz comes from a large family with significant business interests in Kalkan. Mustafa himself was well known as the owner of the Samira Resort hotel in Kızıltaş, and also as a property developer. This morning's accident took place at one of his own commercial developments.
This afternoon tragedy struck on the D400 between Kalkan and the Kisla/Patara Prince junction when 15 year old Arda Karaca was fatally injured while riding a motorcycle.
Arda, the son of local stationer Ilker Karaca, was a familiar face to those who used the shop. He was a very popular teenager at the Mustafa Kocakaya Lycée in Kalkan.
The accident happened at around 14.50 this afternoon on a stretch of road where improvements are being made. Arda was initially taken to Kaş State Hospital and then by air ambulance to a hospital in Antalya but his life could not be saved.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of June Perkins, a Kalkan property owner and regular visitor to this part of Turkey.
We understand that June, who was back in England, died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in the early hours of this morning. She was only 61 years old.
Her death comes as a total shock as she appeared to be in good health and had only recently returned from a holiday in South Africa.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Diane Lewis, an apartment owner and regular visitor to Kalkan. She was 61 years old.
Diane was staying in her top floor apartment on Açelya Sokak and is believed to have fallen to her death from her bedroom window. The Jandarma are treating this as a tragic accident.
The exact time of her death is not known but it is thought to be late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, the 19th/20th December.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Kalkan lover Liz Worsell.
Liz was recovering from a serious car accident and having been discharged from Fethiye's Esnaf hospital, was re-admitted at the start of this week. Sadly and unexpectedly she died in hospital on Tuesday 21st July. Liz was just 60 years old.
The road traffic accident occurred at the Kalkan traffic lights junction on the D400, on 6th July and despite suffering serious injuries Liz appeared to be recovering.
This sudden and tragic turn of events has left her family and friends devastated.
It is with great sadness that we report the untimely death of Arif Topçu, a familiar face and a very popular worker at the Moonlight Bar in Kalkan.
Arif was a young man in his early thirties and his death is totally unexpected. The people of Kalkan, and his many friends abroad will be shocked and saddened by this terrible news.
The cause of death is not known at this stage. An autopsy will be carried out in Antalya.