Divers recover body of missing swimmer at Smithfield pond

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Search crews have recovered the body of a 19-year-old man at Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield.

Deputy Chief Dave Chartier said they were notified of a possible missing swimmer at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. First responders were told he was trying to swim back to the mainland from a nearby island with some friends when he went under.

Crews began an extensive search and at about 9:45 p.m., divers pulled the man’s body from the water.

Chartier said they’re in the process of notifying the man’s family.

According to the deputy chief, the group was swimming in a restricted area of the pond, where the waters are approximately 15 to 20 feet deep. There were no lifeguards on duty.

“If people are going to go out and enjoy the warm weather and go to the beaches, be cautious about how far you go out,” Chartier said. “The water is obviously still a little cold, and be sure you swim in an area that’s not restricted and there’s a lifeguard on duty.”

Back in September of 2015, 19-year-old Augustin Kabura of Providence died from an apparent drowning while swimming with friends at the same pond.