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Report: Man drowns self in whiskey-making vat

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The Glenfiddich portfolio including the 30 Year Old at the Glenfiddich 50 Years Old Tasting Event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 17, 2010, in New York City. Getty Images

A 46-year-old father-of-two committed suicide over the weekend by hurling himself into a 50,000-liter vat used to make whiskey at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland, according to U.K. tabloid reports.

Rescue workers rushed to the scene late Saturday, but were unable to revive Brian Ettles, who was a longtime worker at the distillery, reports The Sun newspaper.

A spokesman for the local police told The Sun there were "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding the incident.

Ettles reportedly drowned himself just one day after celebrating his wife Irene's 54th birthday, The Daily Mail reports.

Neighbour Eileen Mackenzie, 67, told the Daily Mail: 'I am just really shocked. It's such a horrible way for someone to go and most people I have spoken to are really quite upset about it. He was just a young man and I have no idea what might have made him want to take his own life in such a way.'

It is unclear what, exactly, was inside the vat at the time of the drowning. The Sun reports that it was a mixture of water and yeast used in the early stages of the whiskey making process. The Daily Mail reports the vat was full of whiskey at the time.

The 125-year-old Glenfiddich Distillery was shut down to tourists after the incident. The award-winning whiskey maker is still run by the same family that founded the distillery in 1886.

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