THE family of a mum and son who died after a tragedy at Aberdeen Beach have paid an emotional tribute to the loving pair.
Julie Walker, 37, and her six-year-old son Lucas both sadly died following an incident on Saturday.
It was one of several tragedies in waters across the country over the last week.
A statement released on their behalf by Police Scotland, said: “As a family we are understandably devastated by the loss of Julie and Lucas, a much-loved mother and son.
“Julie was a kind and loving mother who would have done anything for her children, while Lucas was a lively and energetic little boy who was inquisitive by nature.
“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the emergency services who assisted at the scene, and would also like to say how grateful we are to the members of the public who entered the water that day to help.”
It added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the countless messages of support we have received. We can take great comfort from them at this extremely difficult time.
“As a family we now have to come to terms with our devastating loss and would request that we are left to do this in private.”
A total of five people were pulled from the water and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following the incident.
Lucas’s brother, Samuel, who bravely entered the water in an attempt to save his mother and brother, is making a “steady recovery” in hospital, police said.