Ali Sabancı, the Chairman of Esas Holding and owner of Turkey’s low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, along with his wife, businesswoman Vuslat Dogan Sabancı, sustained injuries in a tragic boat accident off the Aegean island of Leros, Greece, sources reported on Friday.
The incident occurred late Thursday when the couple was heading ashore from their yacht using an inflatable speedboat, which unfortunately crashed into nearby rocks. Both were immediately evacuated and rushed to a hospital in the nearby Turkish resort of Bodrum.
Media outlets disclosed that Ali Sabancı’s condition seemed more severe, prompting his urgent airlift to a specialized medical facility in Istanbul. On the other hand, his wife Vuslat Dogan Sabanci suffered from non-life-threatening injuries and was later moved to Istanbul for further treatment. The reason behind the accident is still under investigation.
Members of the Greek Coast Guard were reportedly swift in their response to the accident, with various local media highlighting the promptness and efficiency of their rescue operations. Additionally, many volunteers came forward to help the Sabancı family in their time of need.
Ali Sabancı is recognized as a notable figure in the Turkish business community, belonging to one of Turkey’s most affluent families. He ventured out of the family conglomerate to establish Esas Holding in collaboration with his father and sister. The conglomerate made a significant move in 2005 when it acquired Pegasus Airlines, which has since grown into Turkey’s second-largest airline.
As the business world and fans alike await updates on the couple’s health, the incident serves as a grim reminder of the unpredictable nature of life, even during leisurely moments.