Teenager critical after quarry fall

A TEENAGER was last night in a critical condition after plunging 25 feet down a quarry.

The 16-year-old boy was trying to climb a cliff face at Goat Quarry, around four miles north of Aberdour in Fife when he fell shortly before 10pm on Friday.

The alarm was raised by a group of friends the teenager had been camping with nearby.

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Police, firefighters and the coastguard were all involved in a 90-minute rescue operation.

The teenager, who is believed to live locally, was said to be in a stable but critical condition after being airlifted in a coastguard helicopter to hospital in Edinburgh. A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said: "He has fallen from the edge of the quarry as he was attempting to climb up it.

"It became obvious that he had sustained serious injuries and, due to problems accessing the quarry, a search and rescue helicopter was called in to assist with the operation.

"The victim was evaluated at the scene and airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary about 11:30pm. There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances."

Meanwhile, police and the fire service were called out to Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh yesterday after a male walker became stuck while walking on the beauty spot around 5pm.