Distillery Worker Brian Ettles Dies After Drowning In A Vat Of Glenfiddich Whisky
A man has died after falling into a vat of whisky at a Glenfiddich distillery in Banffshire, Scotland
Father-of-two Brian Ettles fell to his death in the 16ft wooden barrel on Saturday 7 January and drowned in the 50,000 litre tank.
Ettles was found in tank of yeast and water called 'washback.' Washback is whisky in the early stages of its production and the tanks are so large that people have been known to convert the barrels into temporary housing.
The alarm was raised at 10.40pm on Saturday 7 January as a rescue operation to try and save the 46-year-old proved unsuccessful.
The senior distillery worker had worked at the company for over 23 years, and is thought to have committed suicide just a day after his wife Irene Ettles 54th birthday celebrations.
The whisky distillery, a popular tourist spot, has been closed for two days as a mark of respect for Ettles.
A Glenfiddich spokesman said: "We decided to close as a mark of respect for the person who died. Our thoughts go out to his family."