A Good Samaritan sparked a major rescue operation in a north-east community after hearing cries for help coming from caves.
Three search teams were called to the caves at Aberdour Beach at around 2.10pm on Saturday after receiving reports of a person appearing to be in difficulty.
However, the teams – two from Fraserburgh and one from Banff – could find nobody matching the description in the report despite searching the area for more than three hours.
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The Coastguard said they are treating the call as false but with good intent.
A Coastguard spokeswoman said: “The Fraserburgh Lifeboat, Fraserburgh Coastguard Rescue Team and Banff were called to investigate reports of a person in difficulty in the New Aberdour area.
“After a lengthy search, nobody was found and the search has ended.”