Man drowns while knee-deep in vat of wine

Cape Town – Police are investigating the death of a worker who drowned in a wine vat in Malmesbury on Sunday.

They are also investigating the business where the alcohol was produced, Netwerk24 reported.

Abraham Fortuin, 44, was found floating in a plastic vat on Sunday around 12:00 in a factory in the industrial area of Malmesbury. He was allegedly overcome by fumes when he got into the vat to retrieve a bucket. He had been cleaning the tanks with a co-worker.

The Swartland Gazette reported that Fortuin lost consciousness and then drowned in the knee-deep wine. 

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk says Fortuin was declared dead at the scene.

In March, James Williams drowned after he fell into a wine tank at the Thelema wine estate in Stellenbosch.

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