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Local restaurateur missing after swept away by river in India

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Hector Rolotti. Hector Rolotti.

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida businessman is missing after he was swept away in a raging river overseas when he and a group of friends attempted to rescue a woman who had also been pulled in by rip currents.

Forty-seven-year-old Hector Rolotti, the owner of Novecento Restaurants in Brickell, Aventura and Key Biscayne remains missing, Thursday. Rolotti and his wife were visiting a city north of New Delhi, India when he was pulled under by a strong current in a river, Monday.

Rolotti, his wife and several friends were on their annual trip to India for a yoga retreat when a member of their group was pulled into the Ganges River by a strong current, Monday. A spokesperson for the Novecento company said, that's when several men, including Rolotti went into the river to try to help a woman who had been pulled in. They all made it out safely, except for Rolotti.

The incident happened 16 miles east of the city of Rishikesh, in the northern area of the Ganges River. So far, Rolotti has not been found. Crews continue to search in the river and river banks.

Rolotti's wife is said to be on her way back home to break the news to the couple's three kids.

Those who know Rolotti are devastated. "He is very personable with us. He's always here greeting people," said restaurant patron Ana Jaureguizar. "It's terrible, the news we are hearing is just horrible."

"I'm completely surprised. I couldn't believe it. They haven't found him," said restaurant customer Mary Vazquez.

Many are calling his actions heroic. "He did what anybody else should do," said customer Pablo Bravo.

Vazquez said, "That was courageous."

The company spokesperson also said it's Rolotti's spiritual strength, inner strength and great physical condition that is currently giving hope to his family and friends.



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