Teen’s body recovered from Georgiaville Pond

Teen’s body recovered from Georgiaville Pond

Seven signs at Georgiaville Pond label roped off areas of the water "no swim zones." Still, locals say swimmers have always tried to go beyond the ropes toward the island.

SMITHFIELD – The body of a 19-year-old man was recovered by divers in Georgiaville Pond late Tuesday evening.

The Smithfield Police Department has identified the man as Christian Araujo of Pawtucket.

Police Chief Dave Chartier said the department was notified of a possible missing swimmer in the Smithfield pond around 8 p.m. Emergency personnel were told the swimmer was trying to swim back to shore from a nearby island when he went under.

The chief said that the man and his friends were swimming in a restricted area of the pond where depths could reach 20 feet.

According to the Smithfield town website, the pond is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

No lifeguards were working at the time of the drowning, which took place outside standard hours of operation.

Residents were posting about Tuesday night’s drowning on social media, with several asking questions about signage at Georgiaville Pond.

“Does the town ever discuss ways to discourage people from swimming out to the island at Georgiaville?” Smithfield resident Lisa Cotoia posted on the Smithfield Police Department Facebook page. Cotoia suggested the town raise a fence, post warning signs, and hand out fines.

Currently there are signs around “no swim zones.”

This is not the first drowning at Georgiaville Pond off St. Michaels Way.

In an eerily similar case from September 2015, 19-year-old Augustin Kabura of Providence died while swimming with friends.

Reports indicate that Kabura was also swimming to shore from an island when he drowned.