Turkish fishermen casting nets outside Turkish territorial waters off the coast of the port city of Marmaris in southwestern Turkey made the catch of a lifetime. At dawn, when they began to reel in the nets they had thrown at a depth of 50 metres, they were surprised to see a large statue emerging from the sea. 

The fishermen informed the Turkish coast guard which in turn informed the Marmaris Museum Directorate and archaeologists were dispatched to examine the statue.

It turned out to be a female bronze statue about two metres tall and weighing 300 kilograms. The statue, which has not yet been dated, was placed in a vehicle with a crane and transferred to the Marmaris Museum for further examination and conservation.

The archaeologists did not provide more information on the matter, and referred to the official statements that will be made by the Ministry after the investigations.