Beer fever in Australia

Sydney’s beer lovers have received an extraordinary gift. A lorry carrying 24,000 bottles, filled with the foamy drink, lost a wheel and plunged into the Twead River. Of course, the site was besieged by volunteer rescuers. The driver and his lorry were successfully raised, but half of the bottles was staying in the river. So, the second phase of the “rescue operation” started. People, using an aqualung or unaided, embarked on heavy diving. One lucky diver is said to have “rescued” 400 bottles. Massive diving started because the owner did not care to mount the guard at the site of the crash, police say. And yet, under the given circumstances, nobody is going to persecute the “rescuers,” although such a rescuing is normally qualified as a theft.

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