Body of Brit gym manager, 32, pulled from sea by weatherman on live TV after drowning going skinny dipping in Australia
A BRIT gym manager's body has been plucked from rough surf by a TV weatherman reporting live from the Gold Coast.
Queensland police have confirmed that the remains of expat Jake Jacobs, 32, have been recovered after he was reported missing in a double skinny dipping drowning with a female friend.
Jacobs was last seen with the 29-year-old woman at Broadbeach, Queensland, at about 9.20pm on Thursday, February 4.
Police believe the pair had gone skinny dipping as the man’s car which had a 'Get Naked Australia' sticker was found in a nearby car park.
While the woman's body was found on Thursday, Jacobs was reported missing – until Friday night.
Moments after Nine News Gold Coast weather presenter Luke Bradnam finished reporting live at the scene, a boogie boarder alerted him to a body in the water.
He had been warning viewers about dangerous swells at Narrowneck.
Bradnam immediately stripped out of his suit, and raced to the water to assist what he thought was someone struggling in the treacherous conditions, said Nine News.
"A boogie border at Narrowneck alerted me – he thought he'd seen someone struggling again out in the surf," Mr Bradnam said on-air after the rescue, having spotted a surfer in trouble earlier.
He added: "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."
Police were called to the beach, as Jacobs' body was removed from the surf, and placed on the sand.
A shocked Bradnam told the broadcaster he hopes to "never experience that again".
Speaking to The Sun Online, a spokeswoman for Queensland Police confirmed today that it was the body of Jake Jacobs.
She said that his family had been informed of his death.
On Thursday, at 10.15pm, police had received reports that an unresponsive woman was found along the beach.
But emergency services pronounced her as dead at the scene.
Cops then launched a massive search and rescue mission on the Gold Coast, including by helicopter, and along the shore for the Brit.
Police told reporters they did not "expect to find anybody alive” given the rough surf conditions.
Then on Friday night, the weatherman dramatically found Jacobs' body.
Numerous beaches on the Gold Coast have been closed because of dangerous surf conditions.
Tributes have been paid to the drowned Brit, from the close-knit community on the coast.
MyFitness Club Broadbeach 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."
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."
And Jai Bonis Omg said it was "devastating news. I just heard about this and was really hoping it was not true.
"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.
She had been found unconscious near the Kurrawa Surf Club.
CCTV footage shows the pair at the Broadbeach waterfront and later returning to the car to get a towel.
Shocked local Mr Christopher Shiba told 9news how he spotted the woman as he was walking along the beach and called emergency services.
He said: "It was a bit strange the way she was positioned on the beach near the water and that's when he went up to see if she was okay and she was unresponsive."
Despite the paramedics’ desperate attempts to revive her, the woman died at the scene.
Police were still trying to contact her next of kin on Friday evening.
A report will be prepared for the coroner in relation to both of their tragic deaths.
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”.
Jake Jacobs: ‘adventurer and outgoing’
Brit Jake Jacobs, 32, described himself on an online flatmate-finding website as ‘open-minded and outgoing’.
The Sydney Morning Herald found the information, which also says Jake had been searching for his Miami, Gold Coast home after leaving the UK.
“I’m 32 and originally from England. But I’ve now been in the GC [Gold Coast] for the last two years and consider this home,” he wrote.
“I’ve spent five years of my life travelling, so I’m very open-minded and outgoing. I enjoy meeting people from different cultures.
“I try and keep fit and active by going to the gym, but could never say no to a large pizza or two.
“At the weekends I like adventuring, finding new places to explore, finding hidden waterfalls and great hikes. I also enjoy camping so will do the odd weekend away.”
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