RUSSIA: Beer rescued, truck still AWOL

By | 21 January 2004

Ten tonnes of beer from a truck on the bottom of the Irtysh River near Omsk has been retrieved. The truck itself, however, remains on the riverbed.

The lorry broke through the ice on the river several days ago, when its driver ignored the five-ton sign on the ice crossing. The truck driver and his mate abandoned the vehicle as the ice began to break.

Divers from the Russian Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergencies worked with an armoured repairs-and-evacuation vehicle made from a T-72 tank. The team managed to lift the truck to an ice hole and empty it of the beer kegs and bottles. With the temperature as low as -28 degrees Centigrade, the team then attempted to rescue the truck, but the rope broke.

The beer, from the Rosar brewery in Omsk, will be sold as a rarity but also at a discount. The value of the rescued beer exceeds 100,000 rubles (US$3,480). The vehicle will be rescued in due course by the local administration.

The Rosar brewery belongs to the global brewer Interbrew.

Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Interbrew

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