British surf fan ‘living his dream life’ in Australia dies in skylight fall accident
Jordan Joseph Baker, 23, from Minffordd in Gwynedd, was living in Surfer’s Paradise, a seaside resort in Queensland when he tragically died in an accident, a Caernarfon inquest has heard.
A British surfing fan who had been in Australia for five months ‘living his dream life’ has tragically died in an accident, an inquest has heard.
Jordan Joseph Baker, 23, from Minffordd in Gwynedd, lived in Surfer’s Paradise, a Queensland resort with his girlfriend Erin, having previously traveled across America working in summer camps and “living his best life “.
But he died after climbing to the top of a church and falling through a skylight, an inquest told Caernarfon.
Jordan had always wanted to live in Australia, with his family saying he was “living his dream” and was “very happy”, NorthWalesLive reported.
On the day of the tragedy, in February 2019, Jordan had gone out with his friends to watch a surfing competition before going out for a drink.
They were walking back to the hotel where one of the band members, Mitchell Phillpotts, was staying when Jordan and Mr. Phillpots decided to climb to the top of a church.
Speaking at the hearing, Mr Phillpotts said he ‘couldn’t say how the decision was made’ to climb the building, but said Jordan had climbed onto the roof of a small building next to the church, before they both head for the roof of the church.
He told how the couple climbed together and stepped over a skylight before sitting on top of the building for around 15 minutes.
He said: “He started following me back down. On the way back down I stepped over the skylight like we had on the way up. I don’t remember hearing anything, we were just talking at the time. there and then I didn’t hear him speak anymore.
“I turned around and he had fallen through the skylight. I don’t remember hearing any glass shattering.”
Mr Phillpotts broke down the church door to help Jordan who was on the ground unresponsive, before yelling at a friend to call the emergency services.
Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy, carried out in Australia before his body was repatriated, showed he suffered “multiple injuries”.
In a statement read during the inquest, Jordan’s mother, Jill Mawson, called her son an “incredible” person who could always be “full of energy and enthusiasm”.
She said: “We want to remember our Jordan, not for the way he died but for the way he lived. He loved life and was a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew , an incredible partner and friend.
“He was loved and adored by all who were lucky enough to know him. Jordan was so full of energy and enthusiasm and had a taste for adventure – he was happiest when he was climbing mountains, surfed and snowboarded.
“He loved getting to know people and had a genuine interest in people’s lives and loved listening to people’s stories. His main goal was always to help anyone who needed help and support and he helped us all filled with his love.
“His smile could light up a room and his kindness and ability to see the best in everyone is what we are most proud of. He will always be our shining star and the love for our boy is still strong.”
Acting Chief Coroner Katie Sutherland concluded Jordan died in a “tragic” accident and went on to say his death was both “unexpected” and “unintentional”.
Ms Sutherland said: “It shows how tragic some things can end up being. Jordan had clearly lived his best life and done what he wanted to do.
“These are very tragic circumstances.”
After his death, a Gofundme page was started by his sister, Alicia Baker, with the Jordan Baker Foundation with the idea of making a “positive difference in people’s lives”.
Over £31,000 has been raised in Jordan’s memory via the site.
An Instagram page – JB Traveling Tributes – has also been created with the family encouraging anyone influenced by Jordan to write their initials or a tribute to him on a rock, pebble, shell or leaf and leave it somewhere during of a hike. , visit a beach, visit a new city or travel to a new place.
The tribute photo would then be added to the Instagram page to inspire others to travel and enjoy life like Jordan did.