Brit gym manager’s body pulled from sea by TV weatherman during live report
A British gym manager's body was hauled onto a beach by a weatherman during a live TV report.
Jake Jacobs, 32, had been reported missing after going skinny dipping with a female friend on Broadbeach, Queensland, at about 9.20pm on Thursday, February 4.
Queensland Police said the woman's body was found later on Thursday night and have since confirmed the body retrieved on Friday, February 5, belonged to Mr Jacobs, whose family have been informed.
Nine News Gold Coast weather presenter Luke Bradnam had just wrapped up his live report from the beach about dangerous swells when a bodyboarder called him over to a body in the water.
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Believing someone needed saving, Mr Bradnam immediately stripped out of his suit to join the other man in the sea.
He reported on air after the incident: "A boogie border at Narrowneck alerted me – he thought he'd seen someone struggling again out in the surf.
"I immediately stripped off and raced out with the boogie boarder to help the person in trouble.
"It became pretty evident that there was a body floating in the water.
"The two of us were able to secure the body and start making our way through a rip, back into shore."
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A spokeswoman for Queensland Police told The Sun Online on Saturday, February 6, that it was the body of Jake Jacobs.
Tributes have poured in for Mr Jacobs over social media.
MyFitness Club Broadbeach, on Australia's Gold Coast, said on Facebook: "It is with great sadness that we mourn the tragic loss of our club manager Jake.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this time.
"He was instrumental in helping grow the awesome club that many of you call a second home. You will be missed mate."
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Paul Sykes added: "Thanks, Jake for sharing your absolutely fun, can do, enthusiasm. So very, very sad We will all miss you so much."
Denise Dunn posted: "RIP Jake. Condolences to his family and friends."
Rose Velvet wrote: "So sad to hear of this tragedy, top man always encouraging and smiling, I'm so sad, Condolences to his family and MFC, Family, R.I.P Jake – you will be greatly missed."
Jai Bonis Omg added: "Devastating news. I just heard about this and was really hoping it was not true.
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"Such a lovely guy [whose] great warm vibe helped me and my partner decide to join MFC and always made us feel welcome when see him at the gym. My condolences to his friends and family."
His woman friend who also drowned is believed to be a Ukrainian national from Victoria on holidays in Queensland.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said: “Our staff are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Queensland, Australia.
"We remain in contact with the local police”.
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