FOUR brave teenagers were involved in the dramatic rescue of a man in difficulty in Macduff Harbour.
One of them jumped in to help him when he started drowning, another threw a lifebelt to his friend and two sisters were able to comfort the man’s partner who was in shock.
The four friends - Jordan Anderson (15), Kyle Chapman (15) and sisters Katlyn (15) and Shannon Wilson (13) were enjoying the sunny afternoon in Macduff on Tuesday when they spotted the 41-year-old man in trouble after he jumped into the harbour for a swim.
Jordan swam out to help the man while Kyle was able to get the life belt to his friend who put the man’s head on it and swam to safety. The girls realised that the woman was in shock and were able to calm her down while Coastguards and paramedics fought to save the man’s life at the harbourside.
Jordan said: "I jumped in and swam to him as fast as I could. I hit my leg on something and had to turn back, but went back a second time.
"I hope someone would do the same if I was in that situation."
Kyle added: "I was able to throw the lifebelt to Jordan who swam out to get him. Jordan managed to get his head above water. The ambulancemen, Jordan and two other guys were able to get him out of the water."
Katlyn and Shannon, from Macduff, used their First Aid training with Turriff Army Cadets, to comfort the man’s partner. Jordan is also a member of the Army Cadets in Turriff.
The girls' mum Kelly said: "We are really proud of all of them. I was there not long after it happened and the kids were amazing."
The police confirmed on Wednesday morning that the 41-year-old man, believed to be from Aberdeen, had sadly died in hospital.
He had been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by coastguard helicopter.
Local Area Commander Chief Inspector Neil McDonald said: "Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time. Extensive enquiries have been carried out and we are content there are no suspicious circumstances."
He added: "I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge efforts of the members of the public, in particular some youngsters, who assisted in rescuing the man from the water when it became clear he was in difficulty.
"We would always encourage people to follow water safety advice in rescue situations but regardless this was an extremely brave effort which should rightly be recognised."