Snowboard world champion Alex Pullin drowns in diving mishap

Gold Coast, July 8

Two-time world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin drowned on Wednesday whereas spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast.

A police spokesperson stated a 32-year-old man, later recognized as Pullin, was unresponsive when taken from the water and died regardless of receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency therapy from paramedics.

The accident occurred at Palm Beach round 10:40 am native time. Pullin had been diving on a synthetic reef when he was discovered by a snorkeler.

“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 stated.

“He didn’t have an oxygen mask. We understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef.”

Pullin, identified by the nickname Chumpy, gained gold medals within the snowboard cross occasion on the 2011 La Molina and 2013 Stoneham world championships. He was Australia’s flag bearer on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Australia’s winter sports activities physique Snow Australia stated it was shocked and saddened by Pullin’s demise.

“Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, as well as his teammates and support staff,” Snow Australia stated in an announcement.

“Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.” AP

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