Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A man who recreated the Titanic movie flying pose with his girlfriend drowned when the couple plunged into the sea.
The couple had chosen the edge of a pier for their stunt and – like in the hit film – only the woman survived.
The incident occurred at Izmit Marina Pier in the north-western Turkish province of Kocaeli at around 9.15pm on 15th May.
Furkan Ciftci and girlfriend Mine Dinar – both aged 23 – had been drinking alcohol during a fishing trip before coming up with the idea of recreating the famous ‘King of the World’ pose from Titanic
The couple reportedly crossed the security chain to pose on the edge of the pier and both fell into the water.
Nearby fishermen saw the couple tumble into the sea and rushed to help them.
Mine managed to grab onto the end of a helper’s fishing rod and was eventually pulled to safety.
However, her boyfriend disappeared under the waves and the emergency services were called to the scene.
Mine was taken to hospital by ambulance while a search operation to find Furkan was launched, involving firefighters and a diving team.
Furkan’s lifeless body was pulled out of the water nearly two hours later.
After recovering from her ordeal at Kocaeli State Hospital, Mine told the police that they had been drinking alcohol while fishing and thought it would be funny to recreate the ‘Titanic pose’.
She said they crossed the chain to stand on the edge of the pier and lost their balance, with both of them ending up in the water.
CCTV footage of the couple’s final moments shows them setting up chairs on the pier to start fishing.
Furkan’s body will undergo an autopsy before his funeral takes place in his hometown Duzce.
The investigation into the incident continues.