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Body of ‘hero’ British father found in Italian lake after he jumped from boat to save son

Three weeks after his disappearance, the body of a British father “hero” has been found in an Italian tourist lake.

According to reports, Aran Chada (51), was on vacation with his family when he drowned at Lake Garda.

According to the coastguard, the incident occurred on 22 July. His body was discovered by volunteers using underwater drones on Tuesday afternoon.

He was found at a depth 316m (1,036ft), and 800m (2,624ft), from the coast, close to Limone.

Image: Limone, Italy. File pic: AP

Mr Chada, a sales director, had hired a boat to take his children and Holly Mosley (39), to the lake.

The coastguard stated that the boy was about 500m (1,640ft), from the shore when he got into trouble in the sea. He dived in to pull him towards the vessel, which saved him.

Then, Mr Chada got into trouble and fell under the water. This triggered a major search.

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According to the coastguard, the drowning was probably caused by illness after Mr Chada’s rescue of the first child who was in danger.

It stated that it believed he had suffered a thermal shock seizure following the tragedy.

The temperature was around 38C but the water was about 10 degrees colder.

Antonello Ragadale, Coastguard commander, stated at the time that he was “hero” and that authorities were doing all they could to find him.

After Mr Chada’s wife raised alarm by calling the international emergency number 112, searches began and have continued uninterruptedly, except for a few days when bad conditions have halted work.

At least seven deaths occurred in the lake within a single month.

Image: Volunteers discovered his body. Pic: Guardia Costiera

The operation was coordinated by the coastguard, which included police, a helicopter, and naval and firefighter diving teams, equipped with sonar and remote operated vehicles.

His family was due to celebrate his birthday while on holiday. They were informed of the discovery by him.

Woodhouse Eaves was a village near Loughborough. A neighbor said that Mr Chada had been a part of the village for many years. It is very, very tragic.”

A man who knows the family well said that it was heart-breaking.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Chada worked at Global Energy Ventures which services oil fields in Africa.

The Foreign Office stated in a statement that it was supporting the family of a British national who died in North Italy. They also have contact with the authorities.


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