A 46 year old father of two who was a senior employee at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland committed suicide by throwing himself into a 16 foot-high vat used in the early stages of fermentation. A rescue was immediately attempted, but by the time the other workers were able to remove the victim, a Mr. Brian Eattles, from the 50,000 liter vat, he was dead.
The tank, called a washback vat, was filled with a mixture of water and yeast. The distillery, which is a popular tourist attraction, closed to the public on the following day out of respect for the employee of 23 years.
His widow had celebrated her birthday on the day before the man took his life.
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