Monday, July 8, 2013

Turkey: British Tourist, 27, Assaulted, Injured in Marmaris, 2nd Attack Against Tourists

According to The Daily Mail, Arron Saunders, 27, was hit over the head with a bottle in an attack on Thursday (July 4) on Marmaris' Long Beach, causing severe bleeding. He was subsequently treated by paramedics. It is believed he had been drinking with his girlfriend on the Long Beach promenade when he was ­attacked. A bottle was reportedly smashed over his head as he left a bar.

This attack comes just a week after Briton Dwayne Ward, 17, was attacked with a pen-knife and slashed some 19 times with a razor, after a night out in Marmaris. He was then stripped naked and left for dead.  His assailants are said to have robbed, stripped, stabbed and slashed him and dumped his body in a local garden.

COMMENT: As I have often urged foreign tourists, it is strongly recommended that all travelers subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before leaving home, as one never can predict when they are going to be injured or become ill while abroad.

Without such coverage, travelers may be compelled to pay for treatment before they are carded for. Such coverage usually runs $8-10 a day.

Large gatherings of foreign tourists is usually enhanced by an over abundance of alcoholic beverages, particularly among young adults.

Marmaris is a port town and tourist magnet on the Mediterranean coast, located in Muğla Province, southwest Turkey, along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera. Marmaris still retains its charm due to its exceptional location between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea. As of 2011, the town's population was 30,957, yet the summer population swells to 300,000- 400,000. Marmaris' nightlife rivals anything on the Turkish coast. It is served by Dalaman Airport.