Tuesday 20 February 2018

Warning as teenager dies after ice bucket challenge

People douse themselves in water for the ice-bucket challenge
People douse themselves in water for the ice-bucket challenge
Cameron Lancaster

Brian Byrne

A teenager has died after joining in a variation of the latest internet craze, the ice bucket challenge.

Cameron Lancaster is believed to be the first victim of the social media craze, in which people film themselves having ice 
water poured over their heads for charity.

The teenager was found dead four hours after jumping off a cliff into a disused quarry in Fife, Scotland on Sunday.

It is understood that he took part in an ice bucket challenge before leaping into the water from 80ft high cliffs.

Chairperson of the Dublin area Irish Water Safety (IWS) committee Aisling Cushen warned that quarries are "extremely dangerous" as they can vary widely in depth and tend to be very cold.

"The ice bucket challenge is for a fantastic cause and it's dreadful that it has been marred by this tragedy.

"Quarries are extremely dangerous. They are uneven, you never know the depths of them, and they are also extremely cold.

"We don't want people swimming in there at all. We want people to enjoy the water, go where there is a lifeguard, go where it's safe. Absolutely continue to do the ice bucket challenge, but stay safe while doing so," she said.

In a statement released by Scottish police, his family 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 death of Mr Lancaster, from Burntisland, a small coastal village in southern Fife, comes amid mounting criticism of the challenge.

Some observers say it has begun to stray from its original aim of raising awareness and money for the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or motor neurone disease as it's known in Ireland.

The death comes as a woman was filmed performing the challenge while sitting on a horse.

The creature bolted when hit by the water, throwing her to the ground.

The ice bucket challenge has raised more than €350,000 for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) so far, with donations raising by the hour.

The Irish celebrities to have taken the challenge include Pat Kenny, Marty Whelan, Miriam O'Callaghan, Rachel Wyse and Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh.

Irish Independent

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