Edinburgh teacher found dead at Prestonhill quarry in Inverkeithing

Henderson, a teacher at George Heriot's, was taking part in an organised dive with friends
Henderson, a teacher at George Heriot's, was taking part in an organised dive with friends
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A school teacher from Edinburgh has been named as the person who tragically died in a diving accident at a quarry pond in Fife.

Kelda Henderson, 36, had been on a diving trip at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing on Sunday but was reported missing at around 10pm after failing to resurface.

A search is underway at Prestonhill Quarry in Fife.

A search is underway at Prestonhill Quarry in Fife.

Police and emergency services rushed to the quarry to mount a rescue operation but sadly Ms Henderson’s body was recovered from the water at around 10.30am yesterday morning.

A mother-of-one, Ms Henderson taught drama at George Heriot’s and was a well respected member of staff in the school community.

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.”

Inquiries into the full circumstances are going and Ms Henderson’s death is currently being treated as unexplained. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Inspector Ian Stephen, of Dalgety Bay police station, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Kelda’s family and friends as they come to terms with this terrible loss.

“We are supporting Kelda’s family at this time through specially trained officers.

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident. I would like to thank the officers, public and partner agencies who assisted with our search.

“We would ask that Kelda’s family and friends are left to grieve in private at this difficult time.”

Dozens of tributes were paid to Ms Henderson after news of death emerged, with Kevin Ford describing her as a “gem”.

Mr Ford added: “Absolutely devastating and sad news. Will be sorely missed around the school.”

The tragedy comes two years after 18-year-old John McKay drowned at the same quarry in 2015, while Cameron Lancaster, also 18, was killed after jumping into the quarry the previous year.

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.