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Man dies after being swept into sea at Stonehaven

Helicopter at the scene Image copyright Angela Tulloch
Image caption Mr Trudgill was airlifted to hospital but died in the early hours of the morning

A man who died after being swept into the sea at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire has been formally identified by police.

Peter Trudgill, 43, had been walking with family members when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon.

After about 40 minutes in the water, in what were described as treacherous conditions, he was pulled to shore by a police officer and two members of the public.

Mr Trudgill was airlifted to hospital in Aberdeen, but later died.

The alarm was raised at 15:00 on Saturday when a member of the public reported seeing someone in the water at Stonehaven Bay.

Insp Inness Coull of Police Scotland said: "Members of the emergency services faced treacherous conditions and the male had been in the water for some time before he was removed by a police officer and members of the public.

"I would like to thank the members of the public for their assistance."

Aberdeen Coastguard watch manager George Downie said: "We would urge members of the public to be extra careful along the shoreline and to avoid going into the water in bad weather. Even in shallow water it is easy to become over powered by the strength of the sea."

Mr Trudgill is believed to have been a paramedic who lived locally.

As with all sudden deaths, a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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