Teen drowns in disused quarry popular for tombstoning

Roshina Jowaheer
teen drowns in fife quarry
teen drowns in fife quarry

A teenager has died after drowning in a disused quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife.

Cameron Lancaster, 18, was found at the popular tombstoning spot after a four-hour search in deep water.

STV reports that emergency services were called to the scene at around 5pm on Sunday after reports that a young man had disappeared under the water.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We can confirm that an 18 year old man has died following an incident at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife.

"Officers were called to the quarry shortly before 5pm after receiving a report that a male had disappeared under the water.

"The teenager died at the scene and, following a multi-agency operation also involving the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service, his body was recovered at around 9pm.

"Enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances of what happened and Police Scotland's thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time."

The Daily Mail reports that in a statement released to the police, his family said: "Cameron died in a tragic accident. His death is such a great loss.

"During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit. He will be hugely missed by his family and friends."

SNP Fife councillor Alice McGarry lives just yards from the quarry and told The Courrier that a number of tombstoning videos from the area have been posted online recently.

She said: "There were fire tenders, ambulances, the police helicopter. At first we heard someone had broken their back and someone had jumped in to save him.

"But then we just heard it was a teenager. There have been one or two incidents. It's 30-plus years since there was a fatality at the quarry. Whatever happened, it's really awful. Really upsetting."

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