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5 fishermen die after drinking contents of mystery bottles found at sea

By T.K. Randall
July 10, 2024 · Comment icon 21 comments
Suffice to say, don't drink this... Image Credit: Pixabay / un-perfekt
The men had consumed the unidentified contents of some bottles found floating off the coast of Sri Lanka.
According to reports, the fishermen - who had been part of a crew of six that had set sail from Tangalle Fisheries Harbor back at the start of June on a trip spanning several days - came across a number of mysterious bottles in the sea around 320 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka.

For reasons known only to themselves, the men not only started to drink the unidentified contents of the bottles, but had even distributed some of them to other fishing boats in the area as well.

Before long, several of the men had become extremely ill and four of them died very quickly.

A fifth later succumbed to the same fate a few days later.
The sixth and only remaining crew member was evacuated to hospital and survived.

It remains unclear what was actually in the bottles or why the men would drink the contents, but efforts are now underway to warn other crews not to ingest whatever is contained inside them.

It's possible that the crew believed that the bottles contained alcohol that was still good to drink.

Whatever the case, it goes without saying that drinking the contents of random bottles you happen to find floating in the ocean or elsewhere is never a good idea.

Source: Independent | Comments (21)

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Comment icon #12 Posted by openozy 14 days ago
I remember drinking half a bottle of 50 year old Jamaica rum. It was a combination of being poisoned and drunk, never again. I thought alcohol would last indefinitely.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 14 days ago
Unless the rum was contaminated it would have lasted forever. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by josellama2000 8 days ago
In India, if you are thirsty and the only thing around is the river, it will be safer to drink anything than the river's water, at least you have a chance...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Cho Jinn 8 days ago
Great movie.  We were contemporaneously treated to Deep Star Six, which was a bit grimier but equally fun.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Occupational Hubris 8 days ago
Mmmmm...mystery ocean beverage
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ajay0 8 days ago
 Well, in all my life-time in India, I never had to drink river water a mile from my home, as I had distilled water at home and work-site, and bottled water in any shop around the corner.
Comment icon #18 Posted by smokeycat 7 days ago
Altbier is a traditional Rhineland top fermentation method beer. It was called 'old beer' in the 1800's because it used older brewing methods compared to the more modern lager techniques. Krausenbier or "green beer," utilises the leftover yeast and other ingredients that settle at the bottom of the fermentation vat.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 7 days ago
I love it, it’s absolutely my favorite beer it must be the fact that I am a German American ?? Thanks very much for the information, I appreciate it.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Tom1200 6 days ago
I don't know either of those but I once found a place in Cambridge that sold bottled rauchbiers.  Rather unpalatable by themselves, but combined with smoked sausages and cheeses absolutely divine.  Haven't thought about them in a long while...  I'm gonna have to source some again, see if they're as good as I remember.  Nostalgic beers - Prost!
Comment icon #21 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 6 days ago
If you can find some Altbier try it, I suspect you will like. I have never drunk any rauchbiers, I will look around and see if I can find some here. Thanks for your comments.?

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