A north-east man has died in an industrial accident while working off the coast of Africa.
Philip Westerman, 30, from Ellon, was working for an international environmental surveying company on a rig off the coast of Congo.
Mr Westerman was killed in the accident on Monday and his employer Fugro say his next of kin have been informed.
Staff are understood to be assisting local police with an investigation into the incident.
A spokesman for the company said: “Fugro Subsea Services regret to confirm that there has been an incident offshore in Congolese waters, which has resulted in the fatality of one of our offshore ROV (remotely operated vehicles) personnel.
“Next of kin has been informed and are being supported. Our thoughts with the family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”
It is understood Mr Westerman previously attended Ellon Academy.
In a post on social media, an individual claiming to be a friend of Mr Westerman wrote: “Truly saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague Phil.
“He made every day at work a lot brighter when away from the ones we love. Always happy and a true gent.”
Another added: “I am in total shock. Everyone loved you Phil. You left an impression on all who met you. Everyone you talked to had a smile on their face. I am so sorry to your family.”