Two women died today after being rescued from the sea at Aberdeen Beach in the early hours of the morning.
A major emergency services operation was launched following a report of two people in the sea shortly before 1am.
An officer was this morning posted at the scene, with a section of the path along the beachfront cordoned off.
Police Scotland attended, along with crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service, as part of the rescue effort.
HM Coastguard teams from Aberdeen and Stonehaven were also in attendance along with the RNLI lifeboats from Aberdeen and a search and rescue helicopter which came from Inverness.
Both women were recovered by the RNLI inshore lifeboat and were taken to hospital by ambulance.
However, Police Scotland confirmed shortly before 6am that, despite efforts to save them, they had both died.
A police spokesman said: “At 0045 hours today Police Scotland along with partner agencies from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and RNLI attended a report of two people in the sea off of Aberdeen Beach.
“Both people were recovered by the RNLI inshore lifeboat and taken to hospital where tragically, despite efforts to save them both, they sadly died.
“There are no further details available just now and our thoughts are with the individuals’ families and friends at this sad time.’’
It is not currently known how the two women came to be in the water in the first place.
Their identity also remains unknown at this stage.
A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard said: “A report came in around 12.40am saying the two were in the water and, in response, the HM Coastguard search and rescue
helicopter from Inverness was sent along with Aberdeen and Stonehaven Coastguard Rescue Teams and the RNLI lifeboats from Aberdeen.
“Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service were also informed.”