A British man is believed to have drowned in Lake Garda after diving in to save his teenage son.
The man, identified as Aran Chadha, 51, rented a boat with his two children and partner on an Italian lake near Limone on Friday.
The family live in the village of Woodhouse Eaves, near Loughborough, Leicestershire, and are believed to have just started their holiday, which includes his birthday on Tuesday, The Times reported.
They were about 500m (0.3 miles) from shore when Mr Chadha’s 14-year-old son got into trouble in the water and he dived in and was able to push him overboard to save him, the coast guard said.
Mr. Chadha then got into trouble and slipped underwater and has not been seen since.
One of the witnesses told the Italian media. “We were about 100 meters from the shore when we heard a woman screaming for help.
“I looked over and he was on the boat with two kids screaming and pointing at the water, so we called the 911 and they arrived very quickly.”
“This man was a hero and we fear he drowned, but we are doing everything we can to find his body,” said Coast Guard Commander Antonello Ragadal.
The Coast Guard representative said. “The family rented a boat from a local company for two and a half hours.
“The man dived in to save his eldest son in trouble and was able to push him back to the boat, but then he got into trouble.
“It was very hot on Friday afternoon but the water was ten degrees cooler so it’s possible he had a shock attack.
“The search continued for about seven hours and was called off when it got dark, but it has now resumed.
“The family is in their hotel with the police and they have been offered psychological help.”
It has been 31 degrees in Lake Garda for the past week.
“We are supporting the family of a British man reported missing in Italy and are in contact with the Italian police.”
Lifeboats, divers, a robotic submarine and helicopters are involved in the search of the 34-mile-long lake, which reaches up to 364m in places.
Mr Chadha’s LinkedIn profile says he is group sales director for Global Energy Ventures, which provides specialist services to the oil industry in West Africa.
There have been a number of drownings in Lake Garda recently, with divers searching for Mr Chadha recently returning from a search for a missing Italian.
Another Italian drowned in the lake earlier this month.
In 2017, 37-year-old Londoner Gary John Wood died while trying to swim a mile after a sudden storm created 6ft waves. His body was discovered by a robotic sub.
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