18 Mart 2018 Pazar
Tragic Tale of Doomed Young Lovers
türkçe links to original Turkish article
(HaberTürk Newspaper, 17 March 2018)
Swept away...literally and figuratively.
In Samsun's Bafra district, at 22:30 the night before last Belgin Ş.
(15) and Osman E. (20) went out on the Çetinkaya Bridge over the
Kızılırmak River, called '155' (911) and said "we can't be together
so we're jumping into the Kızılırmak and committing suicide."
After jumping and being dragged 50 meters by the current, Belgin
Ş. grabbed onto a bundle of driftwood and, as she tried to hold on
to Osman E., she cried out "Help! Is there anyone there? We're
freezing, help us!"
Nearby citizens heard her cries but could do nothing to help. Bafra
firefighters rushed to the scene but had no boat. After 45 minutes,
Osman E. made one last attempt to get onto the driftwood bundle
but in vain, as the couple was carried down the river. In the morning
Belgin Ş.'s body was recovered but Osman E.'s has yet to be found.
Osman E., the married father of one child, had met Belgin Ş. when
he went to Bursa to work in a textile factory. Upon his return to
Samsun, Belgin Ş. followed him and even attended Osman E.'s
wife's birthday party, as a 'work friend' of Osman E.