The body of Hector Rolotti, co-founder of popular Brickell restaurant Novecento, has been found in the Ganges River after six days of searching, according to a press release from the Novecento Group.
Rolotti's body was found at 2 a.m. EST in the Ganges by a group of locals who alerted authorities and a search team, the press release said. The 47-year-old had jumped into the river to save a woman who had fallen in.
Rolotti was on a spiritual retreat in India with his wife Mora and a group of friends. They were visiting the northern areas of the Ganges, east of the city of Rishikesh, where they were supposed to spend 10 days on retreat.
The group was standing on a river bank when they heard someone calling for help after being pulled into the current. Six men, including Rolotti, jumped in to help her. Five of the men made it back safely, but Rolotti was taken in by the current.
"Novecento deeply appreciates the many expressions of solidarity, concern and affection received since the event occurred. We ask everyone to pray for him and his family during this difficult time. We will keep in our hearts all memories of his infinite generosity, his deep sense of friendship and concern for all who were lucky enough to have been around him. He was so passionate in helping others through numerous humanitarian causes," read a statement from the restaurant in the press release.
Rolotti's remains will be cremated in India before a group of relatives and close friends. They will be taken to Miami and two cities in Argentina, where many of his relatives live.