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Scottish teenager drowns in incident linked to ice bucket challenge

Cameron Lancaster (18) died at a quarry near Fife.

Prestonhill Quarry.
Prestonhill Quarry.
Image: Flickr/Gordon Milligan

A SCOTTISH TEENAGER has died after drowning in a quarry in an incident that is being linked to the ice bucket challenge.

STV reports that 18-year-old Cameron Lancaster died on Sunday evening at a disused flooded quarry near Fife.

Lancaster’s family released a tribute to him through Police Scotland describing his death as “tragic accident”.

“During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit,” the family said in the statement.

A  multi-agency rescue operation was launched at the quarry yesterday evening after reports that the young man was seen disappearing under the water. His body was removed at about 9pm.

Police Scotland have not confirmed whether or not they believe Cameron was participating in ice bucket challenge when he died.

The Western Daily Press quotes a local councillor however who says that, although people regularly jump into the water the at the quarry, there has been an increase recently as a result of the challenge.

“There are rumours and speculation that this tragedy is linked to the ice bucket challenge, “said Cllr Alice McGarry.

“Some children have been jumping off the cliffs at the quarry. They have always done that, but it seems there has been a recent increase because of this challenge.”

“There is no confirmation at this stage, but that is what we think has happened.”

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