Oldham consultant drowns after trying to rescue children

A doctor working at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester has drowned off Tenerife, after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.

British Consul travels to Tenerife to help doctor's family

The British Consul in Spain has travelled to Tenerife to help the family of a doctor from Altrincham who drowned trying to rescue her son when they were on holiday in Tenerife.

A British holiday maker who witnessed the tragedy has described the scene.

Uma Ramalingam, who was a consultant at the Royal Oldham Hospital, was one of two women killed when they were swept out to sea as they tried to rescue their children.

Tenerife deaths: Foreign Office providing consular assistance to families

A spokesman for 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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Consultant drowns off Tenerife after trying to rescue children

Uma Ramalingam

A consultant working at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester has drowned off Tenerife, after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.

Uma Ramalingam, 42, from Altrincham, was on holiday with 39-year-old Barathi Ruvikumar, who also died.

The women were pronounced dead on Sunday evening, after getting into difficulties during their rescue attempt off the coast of Playa Paraiso, to the southwest of the island.

A third woman, aged 38, who has not been named, survived along with the two children, aged 10 and 14, after being pulled out of the water by rescuers.

Mrs Ramalingam, originally from Chennai in India, was a consultant obstetrician at the Royal Oldham Hospital's women and children's unit.

The Royal Oldham Hospital: Uma was a 'fantastic doctor'

Olubusola Amu, consultant and clinical director of Women and Children Services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has described Uma Ramalingam, who drowned at the weekend, as a 'fantastic doctor'.

She said:

We are greatly saddened to hear the death of Uma who had been working for the Trust for about six years.

She was a fantastic doctor who brought a lot of hope to the high risk women attending the Women and Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

This is a terrible shock to everyone who knew Uma. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed.

Uma was a consultant obstetrician at The Royal Oldham Hospital Women and Children’s Unit.

– Olubusola Amu, Women and Children Services