A group of anglers pulled a young woman from her car after it plunged off Peterhead’s south breakwater into the sea.
The 23-year-old was rescued from a white Ford Fiesta around 5am on Monday.
Anglers who had been fishing nearby bravely dived into the water to the woman’s aid and brought her back to shore only minutes before the car sank in 200 feet of water.
The RNLI’s Peterhead Relief Tamar Lifeboat soon arrived on the scene along with the Coastguard and paramedics.The young woman was then taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a precautionary check-up though is not believed to have been seriously injured.
The car was subsequently hauled from the sea and onto the quay by a crane that was brought in after police divers located the car.
Police have said that as far as they are aware the woman was the sole occupant of the hatchback. Inquiries are now ongoing to establish how the car ended up in the water.
An RNLI statement said: “The RNLI Peterhead Relief Tamar Lifeboat ‘Frank & Anne Wilkinson’ launched at 5.12am for its third call in five days, with its volunteer crew, to assist to recover a casualty after her car plunged into the sea off the east side of Peterhead south breakwater.
“The casualty was successfully recovered to the breakwater prior to the arrival of the lifeboat.”
Members of the Coastguard remained on the scene to assist the police.