North-east lifeboat and coastguard teams had to tow a jet ski back to shore after the rider got into difficulty.
The incident happened around half a mile from Stonehaven harbour last night at approximately 9pm.
The Stonehaven lifeboat was sent to rescue the jet skier, alongside the coastguard rescue team.
A HM Coastguard spokesman said: “We had a call around 9pm, the Stonehaven lifeboat team and coastguards were called to a jet skier in difficulty around half a mile from the harbour.
“He was brought in by the lifeboat.”