The community of Stonehaven is in shock this week after a man was swept into the sea during stormy weather at the weekend and later died.
Forty-three-year-old Peter Trudgill (inset), from the Stonehaven area, was walking with family members on Saturday afternoon at Stonehaven Harbour when he was swept into the sea at around 3pm.
Police attended along with ambulance and coastguard crews, and a rescue helicopter was also at the scene.
Mr Trudgill was rescued from the water at around 3.40pm and airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, but unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of Sunday.
Inspector Inness Coull said: “Members of the emergency services faced treacherous conditions and the male had been in the water for some time before he was removed by a police officer and members of the public. I would like to thank the public for their assistance.”
Aberdeen Coastguard watch manager George Downie added: “We would urge members of the public to be extra careful along the shoreline and to avoid going into the water in bad weather. Even in shallow water it is easy to become over powered by the strength of the sea.”
Six Coastguard rescue officers from the Stonehaven team attended the scene, all trained in water rescue.
A spokesman said: ‘‘We had one person kitted out in a dry suit and lifejacket as tethered swimmer rescue if required, the other officers had throw lines in case anyone else got into difficulty during the rescue.
‘‘We also liaised with Aberdeen Coastguard as their eyes on scene and with the Bond Rescue Helicopter.’’
A report on the tragedy will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.