7 drown, 1 disappears over weekend

BURSA (CIHAN)- Seven people in the provinces of Ankara, Bursa, KahramanmaraI and IanlIurfa drowned and one person went missing over the weekend.

A 13-year-old and his uncle who tried to rescue him drowned in an irrigation lake in Bursa’s Nilufer district on Saturday, according to media reports. Yasin Altunay went missing in the waters of the alI irrigation lake, operated by the State Waterworks Authority (DSI). His family had come to the area for a picnic. Yasin’s uncle Ibrahim Altunay, 47, noticed that his nephew was missing and jumped into the water to search for him. He drowned along with Yasin.

The bodies were recovered by a rescue team that arrived two hours after the incident. Police are investigating the case.

In KahramanmaraI, 23-year-old Mehmet Fatih Kaya, who went into the reservoir of the KIlavuzlu dam with his friends, was caught in a strong current. Underwater search-and-rescue teams that came to the scene found Kaya’s body 20 meters from the banks of the dam. The body was taken to a hospital for an autopsy.

In another incident, a mother and her brother died after the mother tried to save her child from a river in Gudul, a district of Ankara province. Dilek evik and her brother Murat Bilgin were having a picnic by the river near the village of Meyvebuyu with their families. After evik saw her child drowning in the river, the pair jumped into the water in panic. While evik and Bilgin managed to rescue the child, both adults later died at a hospital.

In a similar case, sisters Zehra Alda (15) and AyIe Alda (13) drowned in the Hilvan district of IanlIurfa province on Sunday.

On the same day, Ali YIldIz (50), the imam at the Tevfik Birer Mosque, went into an irrigation lake to cool off in NiIde province. After a while, he yelled out to his friends to save him, but despite many people jumping into the lake, he could not be found. A rescue operation is currently under way.

Authorities have warned the public that swimming in irrigation lakes is dangerous and forbidden.