In case our sailing friends haven’t heard the shocking news, we received an email this evening forwarded on by Fiona of Roam II, who received this message from Gaby and Paul who are based in Yacht Marina, Marmaris, Turkey. Yacht Marina is where Liz and I wintered in 2007-08. The email reads thus:
It is our very sad duty to report that Demokan, Mr Bilgins son and Owner Manger of Yacht Marina was shot and killed in Fethiye last night. It is thought that this resulted from an argument.
If you wish to send your condolences to the family then the best route would be through firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to Mr Bilgin and Family
It is expected that the funeral will be in Istanbul in the next day or two.
Gaby and Paul
If you have any comments you would like to post up we will be sure to pass them on.
THIS JUST IN (MONDAY):
We don’t like spreading unfounded misinformation but we suspect that this news item, from today’s Fethiye Times, may be linked to the story above. We will, of course, confirm whether it is the same incident as soon as we know more.
Source: Fethiye Times
Ian of ‘Rhumb Do‘ forwarded on a link from a Google-translated Turkish news site that appears to corroborate reports that his death was over a parking row at the Bay Hotel. He was shot once in the stomach and the owner of the hotel has been arrested.