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Providence man drowns in Slatersville Reservoir

July 13, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Divers recovered the body of a Providence man from the Slatersville Reservoir late Wednesday night after a search that lasted almost three hours.
The body of Johnny Oun, 22, was located at 10:06 p.m. near the base of the Upper Dam, not far from where he was last seen, said North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson.
Oun was reported missing by several friends with whom he had been swimming, said Police Capt. Bradley Aubin. Oun disappeared after they all jumped off the waterfall together and tried to swim back to shore.
“Most of them made it,” said Aubin. “Oun went under water and he failed to surface. The friends then notified emergency services.”
The call for help came in at 7:25 p.m. Police and firefighters quickly searched the water, the shoreline and the wooded trails nearby before the arrival of the dive team.
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