World Bulletin / News Desk
At least one person is dead and another is missing as heavy rain and wind wreak havoc in Turkey's Aegean provinces, forcing authorities in the nearby Mediterranean province of Antalya to close schools.
In the Aegean city of İzmir's Çeşme district, a fishing boat capsized early on Monday, killing businessman Ömer Cinstaş. The businessman was one of three who were on the boat when the storm capsized it.
The boat's captain, Mehmet Selami Bağcı, was able to save himself but the two others went missing. Coast Guard teams located the body of Cinstaş but could not find the other missing person.
Cinstaş, as a hobby, regularly went fishing every week.
In Antalya, local authorities decided to shut down schools on Monday, heeding warnings of severe weather conditions.
The Antalya Governor's Office said in a statement on Sunday that heavy rain and storms were expected across Antalya on Monday and that schools in the central region and in 17 additional districts would be closed that day.
Schools in the Elmalı and Korkuteli districts remain open.
In Muğla's Köyceğiz district, a group of 14 students were stranded on Sandıras Mountain after a snowstorm hit the mountain while they were trying to set up a camp.
The group sent a distress signal Sunday night when they became stuck on the mountain at 1,300 meters of altitude.
Rescue teams from the Köyceğiz Gendarmerie Command cleared the road with a plow and were able to reach the students. Additional rescue teams were deployed to the area over the next six hours to save the group.
One female student had severe hypothermia and was hospitalized immediately after rescue. The rest of the group was taken to the nearby village of Ağla.Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Aralık 2012, 16:36