The sudden death has been announced of a popular member of the crew at Montrose Lifeboat Station, Philip Leport.
Mr Leport, who was aged 59, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday.
His death shocked his fellow crew-members, who have been expressing their dismay on social media.
Mr Leport was a former pupil of Montrose Academy who then graduated from Angus College (now Dundee and Angus College),
He was employed as a software solutions specialist by Aberdeen-based Capital Document Solutions.
Previously he had worked for other Aberdeen companies, British Olivetti and Tyseal/HOE/Danka UK.
A fellow Montrose Lifeboat crew member said: “Phil had been a stalwart of this station for many years, and his presence and witty stories will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and working alongside him.
“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fellow RNLI crew mates at this sad time.”
Colleagues at Aberdeen Lifeboat Station added: “He was well known for his quiet, fantastic manner, for a lighthearted story on a long call out or afterward in the bar and for helping train and guide new crew aboard the boat.”
Tributes were also paid online by other emergency services stations, including the lifeboat crews at Arbroath, Broughty Ferry, Dunbar and Hoylake, as well as Seahouses Coastguard Station.
Mr Leport is survived by his wife Carol, sons Scott and Ross, and extended family.