Two-time global snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin drowned Wednesday whilst spearfishing off Australia’s Gold Coast.
A police spokesperson mentioned a 32-year-old guy, later known as Pullin, was once unresponsive when taken from the water and died in spite of receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency remedy from paramedics.
The twist of fate came about at Palm Beach round 10:40 a.m. native time. Pullin have been diving on a synthetic reef when he was once discovered via a snorkeller.
“Another diver was out there and located him on the sea floor and raised the attention of nearby surfers who sought lifeguards to bring him in,” police mentioned. “He didn’t have an oxygen mask. We understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef.”
Flag-bearer at 2014 Sochi Olympics
Pullin, identified via the nickname Chumpy, gained gold medals within the snowboard pass match on the 2011 La Molina and 2013 Stoneham global championships. He was once Australia’s flag-bearer on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Australia’s wintry weather sports activities frame Snow Australia mentioned it was once surprised and saddened via Pullin’s loss of life.
“Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, as well as his teammates and support staff,” Snow Australia mentioned in a commentary. “Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.”