A woman has died after falling into the sea off the coast of a north-east town.
Emergency services were called to the north pier at Buckie Harbour, just after 7pm after a 61-year-old woman was spotted in distress at the harbour.
The alarm was raised by a member of the Buckie Coastguard team at around 6.20pm, after they saw the woman in the water.
A search and rescue helicopter was sent out to the scene from Inverness, along with the ambulance service and several officers from Police Scotland.
The woman was then removed from the sea and airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where she passed away.
Paramedics were seen removing equipment from the back of the helicopter to use while they treated the woman at the scene.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “There are no apparent suspicious circumstances and as with all sudden deaths a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
A spokesman added: “We received the call at 7.08pm of reports that a woman was in the water. We deployed six units to the scene at Buckie Harbour.
“She was treated at the scene by ambulance staff and airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where she later sadly passed away.”
A spokeswoman for the coastguard said: “A search and rescue operation was launched by HM Coastguard after a woman was spotted in the water in the harbour at Buckie.
“It began around 7pm when a member of the Buckie Coastguard rescue team saw her and raised the alarm.
“Buckie Coastguard rescue team, along with the Buckie RNLI lifeboat were sent to the scene.
“HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter from Inverness was also called in to fly the woman to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
“Aberdeen Coastguard rescue team was sent to the hospital to secure the landing area for the helicopter.”