THE body of a “held” Brit dad who dived into a lake to save his son has been found more than three weeks after he vanished.
Aran Chada, 51, leapt into the water in Italy’s Lake Garda after spotting his teenage lad in trouble swimming on July 22.
Syne family feared him dead as he failed to resurface after helping his son onto a boat.
They believed oil executive Aran, from Leicestershire, had a seizure from the shock of the cold water before disappearing beneath the surface.
The Italian Coastguard said his body was found on Tuesday, more than three weeks on in “more or less in the area” where he was last seen following an extensive search using underwater drones.
'N Woordvoerder het gesê: “The drowning was probably caused by an illness following the rescue that Mr Chada had carried out on the child, who was in danger.”
Aran was on holiday with his partner Holly Mosley, 39, en hul twee kinders, bejaardes 14 en sewe, when tragedy struck.
The family had rented the boat at the start of their holiday to celebrate Aran’s birthday.
'n Getuie het gesê: “Hy het daarin geslaag om die seun terug na die boot te kry, waar hy deur sy ma ingetrek is.
“Maar die man het toe onder die oppervlak gegly, dalk ’n beslaglegging gekry.”
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His wife raised the alarm – sparking a huge rescue operation involving police, a helicopter and naval and firefighter dive teams equipped with sonar and remote-operated vehicles.
After Aran disappeared, Holly’s visibly shaken brother James told The Sun: “Dit is vernietigend. Wat my suster en die gesin deurmaak, is ondenkbaar.”
The coastguard, in comments first reported in The Times, previously said Aran may have suffered a thermal shock seizure.
Temperatures were around 38C but the water was “a good 10 degrees colder”.
Speaking at the time, coastguard commander Antonello Ragadale told the paper: “Hierdie man was 'n held en ons vrees hy het verdrink, but we’re doing everything we can to find his body.”
The Foreign Office said in a statement: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in North Italy and are in contact with the local authorities.”
Dit kom daarna six people tragically drowned in Lake Garda within a month.