Gold Coast Weather Reporter Pulls Man’s Body From The Surf Moments After Live Cross

Luke Bradman

Gold Coast weather reporter Luke Bradman has recalled the moment he helped pull the body of a missing man out of rough waters, moments after completing a live cross.

Shortly after a live report on the local surf conditions, he was alerted to the presence of a man in the water, who seemed to be in need of help. He told 9 News Gold Coast:

“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.”

As the two drew closer, however, it became clear 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,” said Bradman.

“In the heat of the moment, I thought this is someone’s son, it’s going to bring some closure – we’ve just got to do it,” he said, adding he “hopes to never experience that again.”

There have since been reports that the body was that of Jake Jacobs, a Broadbeach gym manager who had disappeared 24 hours before, sparking a massive rescue effort.

The British national, who moved to Australia in 2018, disappeared following a late-night swim with a friend, Melbourne woman Julia Boika.

Boika was found unconscious on popular Kurrawa Beach on Thursday night, but despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, she later passed away.