IDENTIFIED: 16-year-old who died after drowning in Shaver Lake |

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Fresno County Coroner’s Office has officially identified the 16-year-old who died after drowning in Shaver Lake over the weekend.

Authorities announced Monday that the victim was 16-year-old Alejandro Araujo of Orosi. He was a student of Orosi Secondary School who was finishing his first year.

According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to Shaver Lake around 12:40 a.m. after receiving a report of a 16-year-old boy who had jumped from a pontoon boat near Camp Chawankee in the Sierra National Forest. it never reappeared.

Alejandro Araujo, 16 (photo via GoFundMe)

Divers finally recovered Araujo’s body about an hour later at 1:50 p.m., about 5 feet below the water’s surface.

Deputies say Alejandro was visiting the lake with friends and when he went under the water, an adult on the boat jumped into the water to try to help him. Alejandro was wearing a life jacket at the time, but it was tied around his neck rather than strapped to his body, which caused it to slip off as he entered the water. It later turned out that Araujo could not swim well.

During an online fundraiser on GoFundMe, Alejandro was described as a 16-year-old who was just starting to live his life.