A group of anglers were airlifted to safety on Tuesday from a spate-hit Angus salmon river.
The trio were among a total of four people saved on the River North Esk between Marykirk and its mouth, just north of Montrose.
Rapidly rising floodwater had left the three people stranded “within minutes” on an island in the middle of a raging torrent.
Husband and wife Guy and Sarah Norrie, from Dumfries, and Mr Norrie’s older brother, George, were plucked from the island at Lower Northwaterbridge by a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland after the alarm was raised by family friend Geoffrey Burnand, from Hampshire.
The Kinnaber rescue mission followed a separate incident shortly before, in which a solo angler was pulled to safety by a Fire and Rescue Service water rescue team after he was caught out by the rising river at Marykirk, a few miles upstream. He suffered no ill effects.
The first emergency call-out was attended by Scottish Fire and Rescue units from Stonehaven and Laurencekirk as well as members of the Montrose Coastguard team.