The body of a man has been found in a north-east river.
Police said they were called to the River Esk in the Marykirk area at around 2.15pm today over concerns for a person in the water.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A police statement said: “The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police along with other emergency services were called to the River Esk in the Marykirk area in relation to concern for a person in the water.”
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “A specialist water rescue appliance based at Central Fire Station in Aberdeen has been sent to the Markirk area in response to a request from Police Scotland, which we received at just after 2.30pm yesterday.”
Councillors from the Mearns ward expressed their sadness over the situation.
Councillor Leigh Wilson said: “I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man and all those involved in the incident.”
Hs said that it was “a terrible situation” to have happened just a short time after the recent death of a local schoolboy.
He added: “Mearns is a resilient community, however, and it is also very close and will stick together and support each other at this time.”
Councillor George Carr said: “My thoughts go out to the relatives, friends and everyone who knew the man.
“Mearns is a very tight-knit community and everyone tends to know each other so it is a very sad time for our area.
“But people here also help each other through their hard times.
“I also take my hat off to the hard work of our fire and rescue service and police who do their job with great dedication.”