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Friends pay tribute to man who died in Ayrshire quarry

Mark O'Brien Image copyright Facebook
Image caption Tributes have been posted for Mark O'Brien after the quarry tragedy

A man who died after jumping into water at a quarry in East Ayrshire has been named locally as Mark O'Brien.

Social media was filled with tributes to the 28-year-old who was pulled from water at Craigiehill quarry on Monday evening.

Emergency services were called to the site at 20:30 and a body recovered shortly before midnight.

One friend, Haylee Brogan, called Mr O'Brien "A true gent with a smile that could light up a room".

Another, Carla McGill, wrote: "Think I speak for us all when I say the whole of Kilmarnock is absolutely gutted by the news this morning.

"Thoughts are with all the family, can't even begin to imagine the heartache."

Childhood friend Sean Hynd said: "One of the best boys about, absolute heart of a lion and humble as a king.

"Love and miss you big time bro absolutely heartbroken. God bless all the O'Briens."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place. Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

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