Jake was an engineering student on vacation visiting Sochi at the time of the outbreak. While in Sochi, Jake made friend with a few local fishermen and was able to spend a few days with them fishing. On hearing of the outbreak along with the collapse of Chernarus Jake, his new friends and their families headed out into the Black Sea with a flotilla of fishing boats, in hopes of finding refuge among the waves, the only place they felt the could find safety. While they lived in relative safety at sea for a few days the bonds of friend ship grew and the fishermen taught Jake some Russian. In one of these Russian lessons Jake talked about what he did back home and mistakenly said he was a plumber. The men knowing that he was really an engineering student decided to jokingly give the nickname The Plumber to Jake from then on out. On the 23rd or 24th Jake really isn't sure when a storm erupted from no where. This caused chaos among the flotilla as ships sank and drifted apart under the intense pounding of the waves. The last memories Jake had was of a giant wave swamping the boat he was on and washing him and one of his friends overboard. He struggled and was finally able to cling onto some wreckage but wasn't able to grab his friend before he was claimed by Davy Jones' locker. Jake awakened on a beach with not a soul in sight or a clue where he is. He thought back to his friends and hoped to see them again, but knew that it was unlikely. As a last ditch effort to not forget those he lost he decided to be known as The Plumber, or just Plumber from short.