By: News Staff
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) – The body of the swimmer that drowned in Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield Tuesday night has been identified as Christian Araujo, 19, of Pawtucket.
Araujo's body was recovered around 9:45 p.m. after crews searched the water for a little less than two hours.
Araujo was out swimming with friends and was pulled under the water after struggling to get to shore.
The deputy fire chief said the teen began struggling about 150 feet from an island across the pond.
"Upon arrival of companies, they were informed by other companies that their friend was trying to swim back to the main land to an island. He began to get tired and he subsequently went down."
Locals tell ABC6 that the pond is notoriously dangerous for swimmers.
They added that many people try swimming to the main island but can’t make it.
The area where this teen drowned is restricted to swimming.
A similar incident in 2015 happened when a 19-year-old drowned at Georgiaville Pond.
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