The Australian snowboard professional Alex Pullin died in spear fishing on the Australian Gold Coast. That was the Australian Ski and Snowboard Association on his website known. He was only 32 years old. "Our deepest sympathy goes to Alex's family, his partner Ellidy and his teammates, trainers and employees. As a beloved member of the Australian winter sports team, 'Chumpy' was a role model for many," the statement said. Michael Kennedy, CEO of the association, speaks of a "tragic accident".
As the The Brisbane Times reported citing police information, Pullin was pulled out of the water near Palm Beach after a snorkeler discovered him. Resuscitation measures by lifeguards and rescue workers remained unsuccessful. According to the police, Pullin dived freely on an artificial reef and fished with a spear.
Pullin, nicknamed "Chumpy" by friends and colleagues, competed in the cross discipline. He won the World Cup in 2011 and 2013. He also took part in three Olympic Games (2010, 2014, 2018). In 2014 he carried the flag of the Australian team in Sochi, Russia. Australian freestyle skier Lydia Lassila (38) posted a photo with Pullin on her Instagram page and wrote: "The world has lost a special soul today. Chumpy, your love of life, your wonderful heart, your talent in everything you have done will never be forgotten."