ShareThis Page
Westmoreland

Missing Ligonier Valley grad identified as rescuers search Quemahoning Reservoir

| Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Ligonier Valley running back Joey Dubics (23) gets into the open field for 27 yards and a first down during the second quarter of the PIAA District 6 Class AA championship game against Bishop McCort on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley running back Joey Dubics (23) gets into the open field for 27 yards and a first down during the second quarter of the PIAA District 6 Class AA championship game against Bishop McCort on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Scuba divers jump into the water of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County in search of a missing teenager.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Scuba divers jump into the water of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County in search of a missing teenager.
Responders from the Somerset County Swift Water Rescue Team search on the waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Responders from the Somerset County Swift Water Rescue Team search on the waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County.
Emergency responders work on the waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County during a second day of searching for a teenage boy.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Emergency responders work on the waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County during a second day of searching for a teenage boy.
Emergency responders work from a launch area at the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County during a second day of searching for a teenage boy.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Emergency responders work from a launch area at the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County during a second day of searching for a teenage boy.
Emergency responders work on the waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County during a second day of searching for a teenage boy.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Emergency responders work on the waters of the Quemahoning Reservoir on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Somerset County during a second day of searching for a teenage boy.
Rescue divers search for a missing teenager Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County.
Joe Napsha | Tribune-Review
Rescue divers search for a missing teenager Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County.
Rescue divers search for a missing teenager Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County.
Joe Napsha | Tribune-Review
Rescue divers search for a missing teenager Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County.

Dive teams on Wednesday continued to search Somerset County’s Quemahoning Reservoir for Joey Dubics, an 18-year-old Ligonier Valley graduate who disappeared beneath the water Monday afternoon.

A member of of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department dive team, who did not give his name, confirmed social media reports of Dubics’ identity.

Dubics was a football star at Ligonier Valley High School, named to the Trib’s All Star team last year.

He went missing shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, according to a county 911 supervisor.

George McFarland, head of the Greensburg dive team, said Dubics was out on the water with a group of friends. He was on a paddleboard when he dropped his hat and sunglasses. He dove in after them, surfaced once for air, dove again and never resurfaced, according to McFarland.

Searches Monday and Tuesday were unsuccessful. The search was ongoing as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Shanksville dive team.

Dubics was a running back and linebacker at Ligonier Valley and was captain of the team that won consecutive PIAA District 6 Class 2A titles.

“He is one of the best kids we’ve ever coached,” said Corey Turcheck, the school’s athletic director and assistant football coach. “He was a super kid. I went numb when I heard the news.”

Teammate Aaron Tutino described Dubics as a good player and a good friend.

“Dubics was the hardest working, most respectful, and best captain I’ve ever played with,” Tutino said via Twitter direct message.

Crews used sonar to search areas of the reservoir, with divers descending between 15 feet and 100 feet into the water, according to Scalp Level-Paint Deputy Fire Chief David Boyer. In deeper levels, divers had to pause to decompress when they returned to the surface, he said.

The search area is in the deepest part of the reservoir, almost 90 feet, McFarland said.

Sonar is much less effective at that depth. There are numerous hazards for searchers, including a lack of light, McFarland said.

“It becomes a very dangerous situation for the divers,” he said.

Other units involved in Wednesday’s search include fire departments from Conemaugh Township, Jerome and Shanksville, a water rescue team from Somerset County, an emergency response team from Cambria County and dive teams from Greensburg and Murrysville. Drones were requested from a Somerset County search team on Monday.

State police are investigating.

The reservoir is north of Route 30 and east of Route 219, near Hollsopple.

Jeff Himler and Jacob Tierney are Tribune-Review staff writers. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem. Staff writer Paul Schofield contributed.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me