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800-kilogram barrel of gin stolen from the bottom of Lake Constance

Listen to this article In Switzerland, an 800-kilogram barrel of Ginial brand gin lying at the bottom of Lake Constance was stolen. An unusual theft occurred in Switzerland, where thieves took from the bottom of Lake Constance a steel sphere in which gin was aged. The special container was filled with 230 liters of the
Published: December 19, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 01:37
800-kilogram barrel of gin stolen from the bottom of Lake Constance
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In Switzerland, an 800-kilogram barrel of Ginial brand gin lying at the bottom of Lake Constance was stolen.

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An unusual theft occurred in Switzerland, where thieves took from the bottom of Lake Constance a steel sphere in which gin was aged. The special container was filled with 230 liters of the distinctive liquor. The unusual gin aging barrel rested at a depth of several meters attached to a concrete base.

The owners are shocked by the whole situation and have no doubt that professional thieves are behind the whole situation.

They were absolute professionals. Extracting a container with 230 liters of gin is only possible with very specialized equipment said Cello Fisch, director of the Ginial company.

Lake Constance Gin is a relatively new brand that has been on the market for about three years. One of the stages in the production of the liquor is aging it for 100 days at the bottom of the lake. According to the manufacturer, this is what gives it its distinctive aroma.

The theft of the gin is not only a problem for the manufacturer, but also a great disappointment for customers. Virtually all of the 395 bottles sold out in advance. The manufacturer also prepared special packaging and labels for each bottle, which included information about the bottling.

Where did the 800-kilogram barrel of gin go?

When 100 days had passed since the sinking of the gin, a crane and a diving team appeared on the surface of the lake. Everything was prepared to pick up the unusual cargo, but despite subsequent dives, the silver ball with alcohol could not be found. The search continued all day until dusk. Unfortunately, without success. Also the next day, the dive team continued trying to find the gin.

Professional diver Roger Eichenberger, whose resume includes finding a 1941 C-35 military plane in Lake Lucerne, also came to the rescue. Unfortunately, he, too, failed to trace the barrel, but he did find traces and the place where it lay. Now the police are investigating and looking for witnesses to the incident.

Photo: Fishgroup


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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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