Turkish authorities have found the body of a Russian teen who was visiting Turkey on vacation with his family and who went missing on Saturday during a guided tour of the countryside around the Gazipaşa district in the Mediterranean resort province of Antalya.
Body of missing 17-year-old Russian tourist found in Turkey’s Antalya
On Saturday, Russian national Arthur Dalshiy (17) and his family participated in a guided tour of the ruins of Güney Castle in Antalya’s Gazipaşa district, a structure dating back to the Middle Ages located at the site of the ancient Hellenic city of Antiochia ad Cragum. During the tour his family noticed that Arthur had gone missing and immediately called Turkey’s 112 Emergency Hotline at around 2:00 pm local time (11:00 am GMT).
Teams from the Antalya Gendarmerie Command, the Antalya Coast Guard, the Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), and the Antalya Municipality were dispatched to the site for search rescue operations.
The teams found Arthur Dalshiy’s body on the rocks at the shore below a 50 meter-high cliff face at 8:00 pm local time (5:00 pm GMT). Having determined that Arthur had died on impact with the rocks, his body was taken to the morgue at the Gazipaşa State Hospital for a preliminary autopsy, and later transferred to the Antalya Forensic Medicine Institute for a full autopsy.
Meanwhile another Russian national, nursing student Anastasia Mamutova (26), who had arrived in Antalya from Moscow on Saturday who was thought missing was reunited with her family.
Having entered the water at Antalya’s Konyaaltı beach at around 7:00 pm local time (4:00 pm GMT) Saturday evening, the young woman swam off into the distance and didn’t return for a very long time. Around 10:00 pm local time (7:00 pm GMT) her sister Yulia and their au pair noticed she was missing and began panicking but were unable to locate Anastasia.
Notifying the authorities, Turkish maritime police began conducting a search of the area but were unable to find the young woman. However, motorcycle cops who were searching the coastline found a Russian woman sitting on a bench which they were able to identify as Anastasia. The sister and au pair were brought to the location of the bench and joyously reunited with the missing sister, and all returned back to their lodgings in good spirits.