Two British mothers drown trying to save their children at holiday resort in Tenerife

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the women were pulled from the sea by people at the scene

An NHS consultant and another woman have died at a holiday resort in Tenerife while trying to rescue their children after they were swept away by a wave.

Consultant Uma Ramalingam, 42, and Barathi Ruvikumar, 39, were pronounced dead at the scene. A third woman involved in the incident was revived on the beach before being taken to hospital. She survived as well as the two children aged 10 and 14.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the women were pulled from the sea by people at the scene. The younger of the two children was treated for hypothermia, and the other child for minor bruising.

The Foreign Office today confirmed the deaths of two British nationals on the island. Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester confirmed the identity of one of the women as consultant obstetrician Uma Ramalingam from Altrincham, Cheshire.

The incident is believed to have happened at around 6pm yesterday evening and involved five people. The group are thought to have been staying in an apartment at Paradise Beach near Adeje.

A spokesman for local emergency services said a helicopter was sent along with two ambulances, coastguards and firefighters, to rescue them.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of reports of an incident in Tenerife and we are in touch with the local authorities and providing consular assistance."

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