Part of West Sands was cordoned off yesterday evening after it was reported that a body had been discovered in the water.
Around 6:30pm, the Coastguard, RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Police Scotland, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were involved in the operation to recover the body.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At 6.25pm on Sunday June 3 officers from Fife attended West Sands, St Andrews, after the discovery of what is believed to be human remains were found within the water.
The body, as yet, has not been identified and inquiries are believed to still be at a preliminary stage.
The car park at West Sands near the Old Course was also cordoned off.
It is believed that a member of the public may have made the discovery and alerted authorities.
As reported in The Courier this morning, the parents of missing St Andrews student Duncan Sim have been informed of the discovery as a precaution.
Mr Sim, a 19-year-old Chemistry undergraduate, was last seen at around 11pm on Wednesday 14 March in the vicinity of the Madras Rugby clubhouse on Old Station Road.