A man has been found dead near a north-east castle.
Coastguard officials were called to Slains Castle at Cruden Bay at 12.35pm today after receiving reports about the concern for welfare of a person.
An RNLI lifeboat was launched from Peterhead and the Coastguard 951 helicopter based at Inverness was sent to the scene.
Four Coastguard teams based at Stonehaven, Banff, Peterhead and Cruden Bay were also called.
A spokesman for RNLI Peterhead said: “The lifeboat recovered the casualty and returned to its berth at 2.23pm.
“Peterhead RNLI volunteer lifeboat team and crew wish to offer sincere condolences, to the friends and family of the casualty.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers were called to the Slain’s Castle area of Cruden Bay at around 12.20pm following reports that a man was found dead.
“The death is being treated as unexplained but there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.
“As with all sudden deaths a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”