Man, 23, dies after car plunges into north-east river

Emergency services at the scene where the man's 4x4 went into the Burn of Boyne River, near the A98 at Tillynaught, near Portsoy

A young man has died after his car plunged into a river in Aberdeenshire.

The 23-year-old was in his 4×4 vehicle when it went into the Burn of Boyne, just off the A98 at Tillynaught, Portsoy, on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency services, who launched a major search and rescue operation after being alerted to the incident, found the car fully submerged in the water.

The man was recovered from the vehicle and he was pronounced dead after being airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by a coastguard helicopter, Police Scotland confirmed.

His next of kin have been informed.

The major search – involving police, fire, ambulance and coastguard crews – was sparked when the emergency services received a call alerting them to the incident shortly after 4pm.

A helicopter and the Macduff lifeboat were also involved in the operation.

The 4×4 was found underwater at around 5.30pm.

Inspector George Cordiner said: “We can sadly confirm that a man has died after his vehicle went into water in Tillynaught near Portsoy this afternoon.

“A significant search and rescue operation was launched in order to trace the man and I would like to thank members of the local community who assisted us and the emergency service personnel who attended.

“Our thoughts at this difficult time are with the family of the man who has died.

“There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”