Tributes have been paid online to a local man who died at the weekend after being swept into the sea at Stonehaven Harbour.
Forty-three-year-old Peter Trudgill was walking with family members when he was swept away during high winds and heavy rain.
Mr Trudgill was a father and a respected paramedic.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to Peter’s family at this difficult time.
‘‘Peter was an exemplary paramedic and a popular member of the team in Aberdeen who will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues.”
Chair of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee, Councillor Carl nelson, added: “I was very saddened by the events at the weekend, it was quite a shock to us all.
‘‘It just highlights the dangers, not just in Stonehaven but along the entire coastline.
“I think I can speak for all the councillors when I say that we send our condolences to the family.”
Online tributes revealed a community in shock.
Judi Martin: “very sad news indeed.”
Mariel Walis: “very sad news, my thoughts are with the family.”
Catriona Masson: “Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Very brave of the people who went to help.”
Michael Innes: “very sad and condolences to the family.”
Robert Hunter: “RIP Pete it was a pleasure to work a few shifts with you my heart goes out too your family at home and on station”
Kelly Cheyne: “Thoughts are with the family at this very sad and difficult time”