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.
Sein family feared him dead as he failed to resurface after helping his son onto a boat.
They believed oil executive Aran, aus 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.
Ein Sprecher sagte: “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, und ihre beiden Kinder, alt 14 und sieben, when tragedy struck.
The family had rented the boat at the start of their holiday to celebrate Aran’s birthday.
Sagte ein Zeuge: „Er hat es geschafft, den Jungen zurück zum Boot zu bringen, wo er von seiner Mutter hineingezogen wurde.
“Doch dann schlüpfte der Mann unter die Oberfläche, vielleicht einen Anfall erleiden.“
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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: „Es ist verheerend. Was meine Schwester und die Familie durchmachen, ist unvorstellbar.“
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”.
Rede damals, coastguard commander Antonello Ragadale told the paper: “This man was a hero and we fear he drowned, 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.”
Es kommt danach six people tragically drowned in Lake Garda within a month.