Body found in search for missing teen in Fife quarry

Floral tributes to Cameron Lancaster last year
Floral tributes to Cameron Lancaster last year

Police have confirmed that a body has been recovered from Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing.

It is understood to be that of missing teenager John McKay (18), who was reported as being in the water at the popular gathering place for local youths around 9.20 p.m. last night.

An immediate search of the area was launched by the emergency services, including a search and rescue helicopter, and it resumed at daylight this morning when the tragic discovery was made around 11.30 a.m.

This is the second fatality at the quarry, after Burntisland teenager Cameron Lancaster, who was also 18-years-old, died after jumping into the water – a practice known as tombstoning – last August.

As calls for action to do something to make the quarry safer grew, local councillor Alice McGarry said she had not been involved.

On Twitter she said: “Many phone calls about public petitions re quarry. For avoidance of doubt, I have not organised any of these.”

She also said she had been discussing with Annabelle Ewing MSP whether provisions in the new Community Empowerment Act could help to address the dangers at the quarry.