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Man in gorilla costume shot with tranquiliser dart

A zoo worker who dressed up in a gorilla costume to make a practice drill more realistic was shot with a tranquiliser dart by a colleague who mistook him for the real thing.

The man was wearing a gorilla suit like this one when he was shot with a tranquiliser gun. Credit: internets_dairy/Creative Commons

The costumed employee was mimicking an escaped gorilla at Loro Parque in Tenerife yesterday when a vet, who wasn't aware of the drill, shot him in the leg with a tranquiliser dose designed to subdue a 400-pound gorilla, La Opinion de Tenerife newspaper reported.

The man had an allergic reaction to the dose and was taken to University Hospital of the Canary Islands, where he is in a serious condition.

In 2009 an employee at the same zoo was killed by an orca whale during a training session.

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Colleagues of Lincoln doctor who died while on holiday in Tenerife pay tribute

Tributes are being paid to a Lincoln GP who has died on the holiday island of Tenerife. Doctor Barathi Ravikumar who worked at the Bracebridge Heath health centre lost her life along with another person after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.


Women in Tenerife dragged into sea by a wave'

The two women who drowned in Tenerife rescuing children appeared to have been "dragged into the sea by a wave," a Guardia Civil spokeswoman has said.

The two women were swept away by a wave. Credit: ITV News

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

"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".

Officials from Lincolnshire West CCG and NHS England said they were "saddened" by the news and will work very closely with patients and staff at the practice and offer them any support that they need.

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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.

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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


'Mother and daughter' injured in Tenerife bar explosion

A British woman and her eight-year-old daughter have been injured in an explosion at a hotel on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife, sources said.

The woman was taken to hospital with severe burns to her face and head following the blast in the Bahia Principe hotel in Playa Paraiso yesterday.

Her daughter suffered less serious neck burns and both are believed to be receiving ongoing treatment in separate hospitals.

Two more women, a 38-year-old Belgian woman and a 34-year-old Spaniard, were also treated for minor burns in hospital.

Five people injured in Tenerife poolside bar blast

Five people suffered injuries in a poolside bar blast in Adeje, on the south-west coast of Tenerife yesterday.

Three of the victims are British nationals.

  • One British woman has suffered serious injuries
  • An eight-year-old British girl was hospitalised with neck burns
  • A British man also received treatment
  • A 34-year-old woman reported to be a Spanish national was treated for minor injuries
  • A 38-year-old Belgian woman was treated in hospital for minor burns

British woman hospitalised with 'serious injuries'

A British woman has been taken to hospital suffering serious injuries following an explosion at a poolside bar on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

The woman was taken to La Candelaria hospital in Tenerife's capital, Santa Cruz.

An eight-year-old girl and a man were taken to a smaller hospital in Arona, to the south of the island.

Local reports suggest the blast at may have been caused by a beer canister.

Tenerife blast occurred inside poolside bar machine

Local authorities say the explosion at a poolside bar in a Tenerife hotel that injured three Britons yesterday afternoon occurred in a "machine".

"Emergency services were called to an explosion in a machine in a poolside bar at a hotel in Playa Paraiso, in the town of Adeje, with several people suffering from burn injuries," a spokesman said.

"Emergency resources were immediately mobilised. Fire crews attended to inspect the zone but their intervention was not necessary."

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