Pretoria man saves whisky from 'drowning'

2012-03-08 12:31

Johannesburg - Faced with having to choose between rescuing a rare bottle of Glenlivet Scotch whisky or his camera from the sea, a Pretoria man grabbed the bottle, according to a report on Thursday.

Heinrich Scholtz went to a beach near Mossel Bay last week with his wife Annerien, where they decided to take "arty" photographs of their prize whisky collection, purchased on a trip to Scotland in 2011.

"We bought a number of special bottles at the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, which you can only buy on the island," Scholtz told Beeld newspaper.

The 700 ml bottle of Glenlivet was vatted in 1977, and cost Scholtz R1 925.

He placed the bottle strategically, so as to best capture the back-lit sun, which created an amber glow.

A few moments later, he was engulfed by a large wave, and had only a split second to choose between rescuing his camera or his Glenlivet.

"The wave took my bottle. I made a grab for it. The water level kept rising," Scholtz recalled.

His camera got wet, "but I decided I wouldn't move, and would in fact dive in after the bottle if I had to".

He managed to retrieve the bottle from under a rock, but the camera was water-damaged.

  • tyron.price - 2012-03-08 12:38

    seriously? nothing better to report on?

      Livhuwani - 2012-03-08 12:46

      just useles , boring nonsense

      Schmee - 2012-03-08 12:57

      A refreshing change from reading about teens gang raping a classmate, a woman being beaten by Cosatu supporters and all the other violent stories.

      James - 2012-03-08 13:30

      What are you talking about TYRONPRICE? This is the most important news so far this year. Amazing that you can't see the humour in the story.

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-08 13:36

      ya nee!

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-03-08 13:54


      SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 13:59

      Idiot was probably born serious..

      Rainbow - 2012-03-09 13:32

      Better than a mug shot and article on Juliarse malema.

  • Ryno - 2012-03-08 12:43

    Give that man a BELLS!!!

      Fredster - 2012-03-08 13:32

      I think he would prefer a Glenlivet

      Michael - 2012-03-08 13:55

      No-no-no! Not bells, he uses it for spooling the glasses!

  • Marion - 2012-03-08 12:44

    lol - this guy has his priorities right.

  • djmickzo - 2012-03-08 12:44

    There is Too Much Blood in His Alcohol....LOL!!!

  • Donald - 2012-03-08 12:56

    geeees rather report on Malema's cattle wtf?

  • Zama - 2012-03-08 12:57

    My goodness! You call this news? Even e-news wouldn't use this for their human interest segment.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-03-08 13:04

    LMAO, AA has a new member, or is he relapsing?

  • siya.jr - 2012-03-08 13:06

    This is not news for heaven sake.

  • Garysyd705 - 2012-03-08 13:08

    "The Roman Catholic Church did not acknowledge that the earth revolves around the Sun until the mid 1990's.

      Llewellyn - 2012-03-08 13:15

      In reply to what?

      makesuthink - 2012-03-08 13:22

      Garysyd705 have you got bullsh1t for brains

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-03-08 13:09

    @Ryno, I agree, byt make it a double!!

  • Peter - 2012-03-08 13:12

    With all the "sin" taxes now, I do not blame him. I would have gone after his bottle if he went for the camera

  • Lynn - 2012-03-08 13:16

    Dontcha just love all these comments about how "this is not news"? You read it people! It's a fluff piece - makes a change from blood, guts n gore. I hope the bottle doesn't have a leak else he'll be quaffing salted Whiskey.

      Annerien - 2012-03-08 19:45

      Still sealed as the day it got bottled.

  • shando.kandaba - 2012-03-08 13:18

    Man with Choice - Not Choice's...................

  • Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-08 13:23


  • bizarro.jerri - 2012-03-08 13:25

    "...went to a beach near Mossel Bay last week with his wife where they decided to take "arty" photographs of their prize whisky collection, purchased on a trip to Scotland..." So, not much of a sex life then?

      Annerien - 2012-03-08 19:50

      Point taken. But if you are blessed in more than one aspect, why contain yourself!?

  • exile13 - 2012-03-08 13:26

    Give that man a Bells?

  • ZingZang - 2012-03-08 13:34

    Arty photos? What Mr Scholtz is not saying is that his wife was posing next to the bottle in her bikini. Good thing he saved the bottle. Who saved the wife?

  • Julian - 2012-03-08 13:37

    Must have been a cheap camera.. if not lets see how he claims this from insurance

      Adino - 2012-03-08 20:24

      Annerien - is this the same Annerien that's married to HCC Scholtz? better known as Harry???

  • Allan Neill - 2012-03-08 13:45

    A man who acts and thinks like me deserves a bells, give that man a bells

  • mstemela - 2012-03-08 14:02

    whoever reported this.......U ARE A DRUNKER-ED, if this is the best u can do, then your boss should always buy u a bottle of Bells.

      Annerien - 2012-03-08 19:57

      Are you psychic? He actually DOES. But it is J&B.

  • Sharmay - 2012-03-08 14:14

    net 'n vaalie :)

  • Henning - 2012-03-08 14:15

    Are you kidding me?

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-03-08 14:17

    Getting tired of whiners on this site, why read something if it’s not good enough for you… leave it, go to your super nice articles and let some of us have a little bit of laugh on this so called not good enough article.

      Martin - 2012-03-08 14:44

      Lol my man Thambo;-)

  • SpHa S-Jay Jay-Kay - 2012-03-08 14:21

    Should have called me to give it mouth to mouth....

  • Thuso - 2012-03-08 14:24

    Hahahahaha, give that man a Bells...

  • tawanda.gatsi - 2012-03-08 14:47

    Daily Sun Stuff

  • Christo Van Rheede - 2012-03-08 15:27

    Mooi man mooi ek dink dit is skitterend dat hy so n passie het vir daardie bottel.

  • Luke - 2012-03-08 15:33

    I wish there was a video recording of the spectacle!

  • Mandla - 2012-03-08 16:06

    The Glenlivet.....The Single Malt That Started It All!!!!! Where can I get ahold of this guy so we can send him a special bottle?

  • Craig - 2012-03-09 09:01

    Wife or Alcohol? Answer = Alcohol

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-03-09 10:11

    Priorities... He has his correct! :)

  • Ken Amery - 2013-03-25 08:42


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