Quarry tragedy teen touched so many with his ‘generosity of spirit’

Tributes left at the quarry. Pic: FPA
Tributes left at the quarry. Pic: FPA

The death of a Burntisland teenager, who died after diving into water at a disused quarry, is believed to be related to the popular ‘ice bucket challenge’ craze.

The family of Cameron Lancaster (18) have paid tribute to him, describing his death at Prestonhill Quarry near Inverkeithing as a ‘great loss’.

Cameron Lancaster

Cameron Lancaster

It is thought Mr Lancaster took part in the challenge before entering the water at the quarry.

Police, firefighters and ambulance staff were called to the scene on Sunday at around 5.00 p.m.

Officers and medics attended following reports that a young man had disappeared under the water. His body was discovered at around 9.00 p.m.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “This was a tragic incident and is being treated as non-suspicious. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Meanwhile, Mr Lancaster’s family released a statement on Monday.

It 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.

“The family are finding it hard to come to terms with this sudden loss and would ask for privacy at this sad time.”

The 18-year-old was a pupil at Inverkeithing High School and was also a guitarist with ‘Freefall’, a local band Mr Lancaster formed with friends.

Iain Yuile, headteacher at Inverkeithing High School said: “Everyone at Inverkeithing High School is shocked and saddened by the news.

“Cameron was a very popular pupil who had a great passion for drama and music.

“Most recently he performed at our annual school awards ceremony in June. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.”

Local councillor Susan Leslie added: “‘It is always tragic when a young life is cut short. My thoughts are with the family and friends.”

Police are investigating the circumstances into the death.

However it is thought that the incident may be connected to the ice bucket challenge which is currently trending across social media.

The challenge involves nominees having buckets of freezing water poured over themselves for charity, and then nominating others to do the same.