A man died as fire engulfed boats at Marmaris resort
A 34-year-old suspect and his girlfriend, 24, were held on suspicion of starting a fire which destroyed three yachts at the resort of Marmaris.
He was charged with reckless homicide and she was later released pending further police inquiries. Dramatic pictures showed flames engulfing the marina and ripping through several vessels.
Arrested female suspect hides her face
Ekrem Gokce, 63, who was aboard one of the fire-ravaged yachts, the Cartano, was killed and another man, Turker Demir, was injured at the marina, run by the Marmaris Municipality.
Two other yachts, White Lady and Passion, were destroyed and another yacht was severely damaged. The fire also damaged a nearby motor yacht and a sailing boat.
The British man in custody allegedly told police he had been drinking before he boarded a yacht to “rest” with his girlfriend but that they had then argued.
Handcuffed British man is led away
He reportedly told officers that he could not remember how the fire started. It took fire crews three hours to extinguish the blaze during the early hours of Monday.
Daylight revealed the true extent of the damage, with the burnt-out hulls of the yachts submerged in the water.
Marmaris is a Mediterranean resort town on the Turkish Riviera also known as the Turquoise Coast.
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