Missing Swimmer’s Body Found In Jacobs Creek

LOWER TYRONE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The body of a missing swimmer was pulled from a local creek this morning.

Joseph Gralewski, 22, was swimming with friends Sunday in Jacobs Creek, which is on the border of Westmoreland and Fayette counties.

Gralewski was swinging from a rope into the water when he let go too soon and struck his head on a flat rock before slipping into the water. When he didn’t resurface, a few friends went in after him but it was too late.

The Greensburg dive team was called to the scene to recover Gralewski’s body. They weren’t able to dive Sunday night, but recovered the body within about 15 minutes of entering the water this morning.

The area where Gralewski was found is about 15-feet deep.

The group was swimming in an area that was very difficult for rescuers to reach. It took about a half an hour to get there and rescuers had to ride on ATV’s sometimes going through areas where their vehicles were partially submersed in water. It created a dangerous situation because there was nowhere for rescuers to land a helicopter in the event of an emergency.

State police in Belle Vernon investigated but say no foul place was involved. The Fayette County Coroner’s office will schedule an autopsy. It is unknown at this point if the victim consumed any alcohol before getting in the water.

Experts say there are two rules to live by if you are heading out on area waterways this summer. One, always wear a life jacket. And two, alcohol and the water don’t mix.

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  • Charles

    Horrible accident. Just as an FYI, please don’t dive into strange water headfirst ( not sure if that was the case here). I have a friend whose brother who did just that and has been paralyzed from the neck down since the age of 26. He is 45 now. He is lying in a bed in his mothers house.

    • Kristin Gansor

      He didnt go in head first he swung out on a rope and slipped off and smacked his head.

  • Jon O'Neil

    You were the man Joe G….we’ll miss you buddy

  • Lynyrd

    Sucks, to young to go. Thoughts prayers to his family and friends.

  • dave

    God bless and be with his family.

  • Cool Cat

    Well at least they found his body.

  • kelly

    U will be missed Joe G RIP

  • mariliyn

    This is a tragedy. My prayers go out to his family and the people who were there when it happened. A life lost too young.

  • kim

    My prayers go out to the family

  • tabatha

    im going to miss you lil cuz, a family event will never be the same. XOXO

  • jourd

    Don’t you dare say that he was weak minded. Joe g was an amazing person, and there is no possible reason that he should have been taken.

  • Steel Town Offroaders, Inc.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends…

  • Darlene Steiner

    R. I. P. Our prayers are with family and frinds.

  • MOM G

    My son , My son, Why, Why you a guy so young at 22 was on that path with a good future, and great friends, you are missed every minute of my day and I”m not going to no what to do when you”ll never walk though my door again. LOVEEEEEEEEE YAAAAAAAAAA

  • jill b

    god only selects the best and joseph g-seph u r the best. love u kiddo

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