A man has died after a car plunged into a North-east river.
The 23-year-old was driving a Mitsubishi 4×4 when it went into the Burn of Boyne River, near the A98 at Tillynaught, near Portsoy, at around 4pm yesterday.
Police were called to the scene along with the Coastguard, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Scottish Ambulance Service to search for the man.
The vehicle was discovered fully submerged in the water at around 5.30pm and the man was found inside.
He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by Coastguard helicopter where he was pronounced dead.
Inspector George Cordiner said: “We can sadly confirm that a man has died after his vehicle went into water in Tillynaught near Portsoy this afternoon.
“A significant search and rescue operation was launched in order to trace the man and I would like to thank members of the local community who assisted us and the emergency service personnel who attended.
“Our thoughts at this difficult time are with the family of the man who has died.
“There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”