TV weatherman's grim discovery after live cross

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A Gold Coast weatherman has pulled a lifeless body from the rough Queensland surf moments after a live cross.

Luke Bradnam was reporting the dangerous conditions at Narrowneck Beach for Nine News on Friday evening when he said a swimmer told him he had seen someone struggling in the water.

“Just after I got off air chatting with you guys a boogie boarder just behind me here alerted me here at Narrowneck, alerted me he thought he’d seen someone struggling again out in the surf,” Mr Bradnam told Channel 9.

Nine News weatherman Luke Bradnam shirtless after helping to pull in a swimmer struggling in the water
Nine News weatherman Luke Bradnam was reporting on the dangerous conditions in the area when he was called to help a swimmer seen struggling in the water. Source: Nine News

The weatherman said he immediately stripped down and rushed into the water with the other swimmer to help but unfortunately it was too late.

“When we got close it became pretty evident that there was a body floating in the water,” Mr Bradnam told Nine.

The body is believed to be a British national who had moved to the Gold Coast from the UK and had been missing since Thursday.

The body however has not been formally identified.

The discovery of the body at Narrowneck came after a woman in her late 20s was found unresponsive on Kurrawa beach about 10.15pm on Thursday.

The woman and the British national were initially seen going into the ocean at Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach, about 9.20pm on Thursday.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Several beaches are closed on the Gold Coast due to dangerous conditions and swimmers are reminded to stay between the flags.

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