Identity of teen in Fife quarry tragedy confirmed

John McKay
John McKay

Police have confirmed the identity of the teenager who lost his life in the Inverkeithing quarry as John McKay (18).

Mr McKay’s body was retrieved from Preston Hill Quarry around 11.00 a.m. on Friday morning after a search, launched the night before and involving a search and rescue helicopter, resumed.

Preston Hill Quarry. Pic by David Wardle

Preston Hill Quarry. Pic by David Wardle

It is believed he comes from Kirkcaldy, although a police press release just said he came from Fife.

Councillor Alice McGarry, who represents the Inverkeithing area on Fife Council has been speaking to people who have been calling for action to be taken to make the quarry safer after the death of two teenagers in a ten month period.

A petition has also been set up by campaigners for action, but Cllr McGarry stressed she was not behind this.

Another Facebook group entitled Protect Preston Hill Quarry argues that it is not the beauty sport which is dangerous, and says that it is widely used by divers, fishers, walkers and swimmers.

Mrs McGarry said she is talking to Annabelle Ewing MSP about whether provisions of new Community Empowerment Act can help to address the dangers.

Eighteen-year-old Cameron Lancaster from Burntisland lost his life while taking part in a practice known as tombstoning in August last year.

His mother has recently spoken out about her loss and pledged to do what she can to help.

A police spokesman said: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of John’s death. A report has been prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.”