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    Aug 27, 2014

    Teen's death linked to Ice Bucket Challenge?


    THE death of an 18-year-old man in a flooded quarry is believed to be linked to the Ice Bucket Challenge craze.

    Cameron Lancaster was soaked in iced water for a dare before leaping into Prestonhill Quarry in Fife on Sunday afternoon, The Times of London reported. Four hours later, his body was recovered by emergency services.

    His family described his death as a tragic accident and "a great loss", and said Mr Lancaster would be hugely missed by family and friends.

    Police said inquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances of what happened, but it is thought the incident is connected to the challenge.

    The statement from Mr Lancaster's family also said: "During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit."

    One of the people behind the challenge to support Lou Gehrig's disease research died in a diving accident on Aug 16.

    Corey Griffin, 27, helped popularise the worldwide trend, in which people either pledge US$100 (S$125) to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research or record themselves getting drenched by frigid water, then post the stunt online and challenge others to do the same.

    The challenge has become a global phenomenon, with everyone from pop star Justin Bieber to former United States president George W. Bush and Microsoft founder Bill Gates drenching themselves in icy water.