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A TV weatherman has opened up after he dived into the ocean after a live report to pull a body out of the water.
Luke Bradnam, a reporter for Australia's 9 News, rushed into the waves off the Gold Coast moments after finishing a piece to camera when he noticed what he thought was a swimmer was in distress.
However, as he got closer to the scene, he quickly realised it wasn't a swimmer but a body floating in the water, which he then helped pull back to shore.
The body has yet to be identified at the time of writing, although a recovery mission is currently underway for Brit Jake Jacobs, 32, a gym manager who disappeared on Kurrawa Beach on Thursday (4 February) evening.
Mr Jacobs was last seen heading into the water with a woman, 29, at around 9.20pm on Thursday.
The body of a woman has since been recovered from the ocean; police have contacted her next of kin.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about the harrowing incident, Luke said: "It was just an incredible moment.
"We'd seen this boogie board rider motioning to us from the water and he looked like he was in distress.
"I felt like I had to do something because there didn't look like there was anyone else around who'd be much good."
A member of Northcliffe Surf club, the reporter was a strong swimmer and said he used his skills to get the body beyond the surf and back onto land.
He explained: "I got out there and sure enough, there's a body face down in the water.
"The body boarder was looking like he was in shock and I've never experienced anything like that. I've never seen a dead body before.
"Because I'm a swimmer I knew how to get us of the rip. I just knew to maintain my composure and get us into a position to get back to the shore."
He added: "I didn't even know if I could swim out there because I tore a muscle in my shoulder at the gym during the week and my arm is meant to be in a sling.
"It held up long enough to get him back to shore."
Luke said he was solely focused on getting the body back onto the beach and then let the authorities take over.
He said: "Thankfully the police arrived as we got to the shore because we didn't know what to do, there were people taking their evening stroll along the beach.
"I'm just happy we might be able to give closure to a family.
"Experiencing this, I have even more respect for police and ambos who do this every day."