A CREEL fisherman has died after falling overboard and spending almost an hour in icy North Sea waters, the Press and Journal reported today.
The man, named locally as Tony Masson, had been out in his 19ft vessel, Sea Mist, outside Macduff Harbour when he fell into the water yesterday lunchtime.
A passing fisherman noticed the small boat going round in circles and raised the alarm at 12.40pm after discovering the boat was empty.
RNLI and coastguard teams were scrambled to the scene.
Nearly an hour after the mayday call was issued, Masson, aged 67, was pulled from the water and airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Police last night confirmed he had died.
Picture: The Inverness coastguard helicopter landing at Aberdeeen Royal Infirmary (photo: oilandgaspeople.com)