Gym manager is feared dead in a horrific double drowning after wading into dangerous surf ‘for a late-night skinny dip’ with a woman whose body was found washed up on a popular tourist beach
- Two swimmers got into trouble after going for a late night dip on the Gold Coast
- The missing man has been identified as 32-year-old gym manager Jake Jacobs
- Jacobs is feared dead after disappearing in the huge 1.8 metre high swells
- His clothes were found on the beach and car has a ‘Get Naked Australia’ sticker
- The woman’s body was found an hour later washed up near a local surf club
A British gym manager is feared dead in a suspected double drowning after going for a late-night swim with a woman, whose body was found on a Gold Coast beach.
Jake Jacobs, 32, was last seen entering the surf with the woman, 29, at Kurrawa Beach in Broadbeach about 9.20pm on Thursday night.
Locals found the body of the woman, believed to be a Victorian on holiday, near Kurrawa Surf Club and called an ambulance at 10.20pm.
The British national though has yet to be found.
The pair had reportedly gone skinny dipping – with the 32-year-old local’s car found at the scene decorated with a ‘Get Naked Australia’ sticker.
British national Jake Jacobs, 32, was last seen entering the surf at Kurrawa Beach, Broadbeach – on the Gold Coast – about 9.20pm on Thursday night
A sign warning beachgoers not to swim was seen at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast on Friday (pictured) with a woman, 29, dead and a British man also feared to have drowned
Walkers discovered the woman’s body in a swimsuit in the water and dragged her to shore.
Witnesses and paramedics desperately tried to revive the woman but she died at the scene.
The man’s clothes were also found on the beach.
CCTV cameras at the surf club showed the woman and a man earlier on Thursday evening outside the Kurrawa Surf Club before entering the water together for a late-night swim.
‘We don’t expect to find anyone alive,’ Acting Inspector John Diggle told the Courier Mail.
Rescuers are seen searching the area on Friday morning (pictured) after the two swimmers went missing in ‘horrendous’ conditions. The woman’s body later washed up on the sand
The woman’s unresponsive body was found near Kurrawa surf club (pictured)
‘Because we’ve got Rescue 500 and water police in the area, they do a great job.
‘They’ll find it (the body).’
He said the conditions were ‘appalling’ with huge swells of up to 1.8 metres.
The search for the missing man resumed on Friday morning with aerial assistance and personnel scouring the beach.
During the search, two officers suffered multiple injuries after they were thrown from the rescue boat.
One of the officers in his 30s suffered rib, facial and back injuries, and an officer in his 40s sustained rib and facial injuries.
The search (pictured) continued on Friday morning for a man – now presumed dead – who went missing in the surf on the Gold Coast
The woman is understood to have been visiting the Gold Coast while on holiday from Victoria (pictured)
The officers were taken to Gold Coast University Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital.
The Gold Coast City Council lifeguards have closed all beaches from North Burleigh to The Spit due to dangerous conditions brought on by a heavy easterly swell.
A hazardous surf warning remains in place for much of Queensland’s south-east, including the Gold Coast.
‘Surf and swell conditions expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, swimming & surfing for Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters & Gold Coast Waters,’ the Bureau of Meteorology tweeted.
A report will be prepared for the coroner in relation to the woman’s death.