London tourist Gary Wood drowns in Lake Garda while swimming a mile out to island

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A tourist from east London has drowned after attempting to swim a mile out to an island on Lake Garda in Italy.

His sister and brother-in-law desperately tried to rescue him through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while in the water but were eventually forced to swim to safety themselves, local media reported.

The man, reported by the Times to be Gary Wood from Leytonstone, is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

The 37-year-old had been trying to swim to the Island of Rabbits on the popular holiday lake, near Salo, with his mother, wife, sister and brother-in-law.

His mother and wife had already turned back due to difficult conditions but about a third of a mile from the island, Mr Wood suddenly stopped and became motionless.

His sister and brother-in-law – both doctors – attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in vain for more than ten minutes before exhaustion forced them to swim to the island and raise a signal, L’Arena reported.

Pierluigi Mazzardi, a volunteer who took part in the rescue, told the Times: “Even though the lake is small, the waves bounce off the shores, creating rough conditions.

“After 160 yards, the man’s mother and wife turned back, and then, about 550 yards from the island, the sister saw her brother had stopped.

“She and her husband, both doctors, went to help him, but he had suffered an ailment — possibly a heart attack.”

Mr Wood’s flotation device became detached and his body sank, resulting in a mass rescue effort involving rescue vessels and a helicopter. After two hours, his body was pulled up from 72-ft below the surface.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are providing support to the family of a British man who has sadly died in Italy.”

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