Orosi teen identified as drowning victim

Fresno County Sheriff's Office identifies Shaver Lake drowning victim as 16-year-old Alejandro Araujo from Orosi

(Fresno County Sheriff's Office)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published June 13, 2024  • 
10:30 am

OROSI – The boy who drowned in Shaver Lake on June 9 has been identified as Alejandro Araujo, 16, of Orosi. Araujo was a student at Orosi High School who was just wrapping up his junior year.

Around 12:40 p.m. on June 9, dispatchers received a call regarding a teenage boy who jumped off a pontoon boat into Shaver Lake and did not resurface. Araujo was wearing a U.S. Coast Guard Type Two life jacket. He had placed it around his neck, but did not clip it around his body, so it slipped off when he entered the water that was approximately 65 degree Fahrenheit. Someone in his group jumped into the lake to try and perform a rescue, but could not find him.

Boating deputies, who were already on their weekend patrol assignment, responded to the area, which is located near the island at Camp Chawanakee. There was no immediate sign of the boy.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Dive Unit were called out and entered the water. At 1:50 p.m., a dive team member recovered the young man’s body from approximately 15 feet below. It was later learned Araujo did not know how to swim well.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to be safe in and around pools and all natural waterways with these simple measures. Parents are encouraged to watch their children at all times and inexperienced swimmers should stay out of the water. 

Swimmers are recommended to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket that is secure and fits the person properly. Adult swimmers are instructed to not consume alcohol while in the water as it will fatigue them faster than normal and create dangerous situations. 

The Sheriff’s Office recommends that swimmers pay attention to the conditions. When it is hot outside, swimmers should know that they will get tired faster than usual. Swimmers should be aware of the mud on the bottom of lakes and rivers as it is easy to sink and get your feet stuck. Swimmers should also use their fee to feel for drop off spots as river and lake bottoms can quickly change from shallow to deep. 

Swimmers should be weary of the water as the water remains cold and the current is often stronger than it appears. There can also be debris in the water, which can be difficult for swimmers to see as they can cause hazardous situations.

Mid Valley Times Staff