Two women have died after being pulled from the sea off Aberdeen beach in the early hours of Friday morning.
Emergency services were called to the Esplanade at 12.40am following a report that two females were in the water.
They were rescued by the RNLI inshore lifeboat but later died in hospital.
The coastguard helicopter and Aberdeen and Stonehaven Coastguard Rescue Teams were also involved in the operation.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “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.”