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Doctor drowned saving children

Two British doctors have drowned off the coast of Tenerife after reportedly getting into difficulty as they attempted to rescue their two children swept out by a wave.

Ambulances were called to the beach on the south of the island
Ambulances were called to the beach on the south of the island

Uma Ramalingam, 42, and her relative Barathi Ravikumar, 40, from Lincoln were pronounced dead after the tragic incident off the coast of Playa Paraiso on the Canary Island yesterday.

A third woman, 38, survived along with the two children, aged 10 and 14, after being pulled out of the water by rescuers.

Colleagues today paid tribute to Mrs Ramalingam, from Altrincham, Cheshire, and Dr Ravikumar, a partner at the Heath Surgery, Bracebridge Heath, in Lincoln.

A Guardia Civil spokeswoman said: "It appears that the two women were dragged into the sea by a wave yesterday at around 6pm in Playa Paraiso, Adeje.

"We can confirm that both were British and both were relatives, although we are not certain how they were related at the moment."

A spokeswoman for emergency services on the Canary Islands said: "At just after 6pm yesterday afternoon we received several calls alerting us to two people who were in difficulties in the sea and needed help to get out of the water.

"Witnesses rescued two women and two children from the sea.

Staff tried to resuscitate both women but were not able to.

"They later certified the death of both women. They also helped stabilise the other people, taking a woman and a child to hospital."

The third woman was taken to hospital and treated for water in her lungs but is not believed to be in a critical condition, the spokeswoman said.

The 10-year-old child had low blood sugar and hypothermia. Both are being treated in hospital.

The 14-year-old was treated at the scene for mild bruising, she added.

Both local police and fire brigade assisted in the emergency operation and the Guardia Civil is now investigating the incident, the spokeswoman said.

Lincoln doctor dies in Tenerife

A doctor from Lincoln is one of the women who died in an accident in Tenerife, according to the surgery where she worked.

Lincoln doctor dies on holiday in Tenerife
A doctor from Lincoln has drowned on holiday in Tenerife

Dr Barathi Ravikumar was a partner at the Heath Surgery, Lincoln. The surgery confirmed that she was one of the women drowned off a beach on the south of the island.

A statement said: "It is with regret that we have to inform you that Dr Barathi Ravikumar, a partner at the Heath Surgery, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln has been fatally injured in an accident while on holiday with her family.

Two Britons died off the south coast of the Canary Island
Two Britons died off the south coast of the Canary Island

"Dr Ravikumar joined the practice in 2011 and became a partner in 2012. During her short time with the practice she was passionate about making a difference to healthcare in Lincolnshire and specialised in working with Looked After Children.

"Dr Ravikumar will be sorely missed and leaves behind a husband and two children.

Dr Mohammed Zubair Qureshi, Dr Ashfaq Qureshi and Dr Rama Srinivasan, partners at the Heath Practice said: "It is with great sadness and shock that our Practice has learned of the tragic death of Dr Barathi Ravikumar, a hardworking and dedicated GP.

She always worked in the best interests of patients and was a wonderful colleague and friend for over 3 years. She will be greatly missed by us and all our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends at this very sad time".

Lincolnshire West CCG and NHS England have been saddened by the news and their thoughts go to the family at this time. The CCG and NHS England will work very closely with patients and staff at the practice and offer them any support that they need.

They have asked that the privacy of the family and practice staff is respected during this difficult time

A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'We can confirm the deaths of two British nationals in Tenerife on April 6.

"We are in touch with the authorities and are providing consular assistance with the families."

A spokeswoman for emergency services said both local police and fire brigade assisted in the emergency operation and the Guardia Civil is now investigating the incident.


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A post mortem examination is being carried out to establish what caused his death. Two local men aged 43 and 23 have been arrested and are being questioned at Lincoln Police Station.

Open topped bus ride for Jade Etherington

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Street where lorry sank could be closed for weeks

A road in Lincoln will be closed for several weeks after a lorry sank into the surface.

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A sewer under Portland Street collapsed beneath one of the lorry's wheels yesterday. Anglian Water is now working to fix the collapse - but says it could take a number of weeks to dig down to find the problem.

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Lorry sinks on Lincoln street

Police in Lincoln were forced to close a street after a lorry sank into the tarmac.

Lorry sinks on Lincoln Street
Lorry sinks on Lincoln Street Credit: Mike Quinn

The junction of Portland Street and High Street was closed from around 11am this morning.

They issued an appeal for motorists to try and avoid the area until the HGV could be removed.

The driver, Mark Dolby, told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I was just taking a delivery to Tile Trend and I was reversing in when I heard a massive bang.

“I thought I had clipped the wall at first then someone shouted at me ‘you’re not getting out of there!’.

"There’s no manhole cover or anything. The road’s just collapsed.”

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Seemed like good idea to offer free drink cos of lateness! But shoulda added Kopparberg to the banned list of drinks!

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