Teen's Version of Ice Bucket Challenge Gets Him Killed

Cameron Lancaster decided to jump into a quarry as part of challenge
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2014 8:47 AM CDT
Teen's Version of Ice Bucket Challenge Gets Him Killed
This August 2013 photo shows an old granite quarry now used as a summertime swimming spot on Vinalhaven Island, Maine.   (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Cameron Lancaster, 18, apparently wanted to complete the ice bucket challenge in a different way—by jumping into water at a quarry. But the stunt got the Scottish teen killed Saturday, the Guardian reports. He jumped feet first off an 80-foot cliff into what the Telegraph calls "shallow water"; emergency services were called after Lancaster went under and didn't come back up. He was ultimately found drowned at the Preston Hill quarry, which is no longer in use.

As the Telegraph explains, people have been coming up with "increasingly risky" variations of the ice bucket challenge lately: In another incident, a woman filmed herself doing the challenge while on a horse, and she was thrown to the ground when the startled horse bolted. Authorities are still investigating Lancaster's death, but the paper notes that he may have taken part in the actual ice bucket challenge before jumping. (In Kentucky, four firefighters were seriously hurt after completing the challenge.)

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