A MAN died yesterday after a taxi plunged into the sea at a Scottish harbour.

The man's body was recovered from the Vauxhall Vectra, which was marked with taxi plates, after it careered into Peterhead harbour at around 8.50am yesterday morning.

A member of the public, who was believed to have jumped into the water after the car, was treated for hypothermia at the scene.

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The taxi was removed from the water around 10am with the man's body inside.

Gavin Sutherland, 33, an offshore worker from Peterhead, told how he jumped into the harbour in a desperate bid to save the driver.

He said: "I noticed three guys standing at the bottom of the brae. I saw the car going into the water.

"I took off all my clothes, swam across, tried a few times but I couldn't get him.

"There was obviously someone in the car so I had to help them. I had to come back up as I could have died myself."

This was the second time that hero Gavin had risked his life — the first was in the exact same spot 14 years ago.