16 in New Caledonia Stricken by Home Brew

From Reuters

Sixteen people were evacuated from an outlying island of New Caledonia on Tuesday after drinking a local cocktail made with photocopying fluid, police said.

The group was flown by military transport plane to a hospital here in the French territory’s capital after drinking the concoction known as “blue wine"--a mixture of photocopying fluid, lemon juice and sugar.

Three were reported to be in critical condition.

The 15 Melanesians and one European, ages 17 to 26, were celebrating a wedding.