The deceased women were a consultant obstetrician Doctor Uma Ramalingam, 42 and a, GP Doctor Barathi Ravikumar. Other beach goers managed drag two women and two children aged 10 and 14-year-old from the sea. Initial reports have suggested that just the children were swept into the sea by the wave and that the women jumped in afterwards to try to save them.
The incident occurred at around 6pm yesterday, Sunday 6th April, and the emergency services were alerted immediately.
A spokesperson for the police on the Canary Island said, “We received several calls alerting us that several people were in difficulties and needed assistance to get out of the water, ” she explained.
Another beach goer, Adam Cramer, told the press: “I saw this girl and I had to try to help her, the waves were just throwing her against the rocks.”
Witnesses managed to pull two women and the two children from the sea and the emergency helicopter crew plucked the final woman from the waves.
Back in the UK, the women have been praised by colleagues, Mrs Ramalingam was described as a “fantastic doctor” and Mrs Ravikumar as “dedicated and hard working.”
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said: “We can confirm the deaths of two British nationals in Tenerife on 6 April and we are in touch with the authorities and are providing consular assistance to the families.”