Edinburgh teacher named as Fife quarry drowning victim

10 July 2017, 19:15

Police Scotland

A teacher has been identified as the diver whose body was recovered from an abandoned quarry in Fife.

Kelda Henderson, 36, was diving at Prestonhill quarry near Inverkeithing on Sunday night when she got into difficulties and failed to resurface.

Police officers, the fire service, coastguard and a Police Scotland helicopter made their way to the scene to help with the search before her body was found on Monday morning.

Ms Henderson taught drama at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh.

An investigation is now under way to determine the full circumstances surrounding the death.

Heriot's principal Cameron Wyllie said: "Ms Henderson was an immensely talented, compassionate and vibrant person who loved teaching drama.

"She inspired a love of her subject in many young people over the years. Those of us at school are very shocked.''

The tragedy comes after Cameron Lancaster, 18, from Burntisland, died at the quarry in August 2014, with John McKay, 18, from Kirkcaldy, also dying there in June 2015.

Following the two deaths, Forth Diver Training was launched to provide diver training courses in a bid to prevent another tragedy.

The charity project was unveiled after the diving community, who have used the site for many years, were invited to work alongside Fife Council and the emergency services to look at ways of improving water safety awareness.