GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) – Two-time world snowboard champion and winter Olympian Alex Pullin drowned on Wednesday while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast.
A police spokesman said a 32-year-old man, later identified as Pullin, did not respond when he was pulled out of the water and died despite receiving life-saving CPR and emergency treatment from paramedics.
The accident happened in Palm Beach at about 10:40 am local time. Pullin was diving on an artificial reef when he was found by a diver.
“Another diver was there and located him at the bottom of the sea and drew the attention of nearby surfers who were looking for lifeguards to bring him,” said the police. “He didn’t have an oxygen mask. We understand that he was snorkeling and spearfishing on the reef.
Pullin, known by the nickname Chumpy, won gold medals in the snowboard crossover at the world championships in La Molina and Stoneham in 2013. He was Australia’s flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Australia’s winter sports agency Snow Australia said it was shocked and saddened by Pullin’s death.
“Our deepest condolences are to Alex’s family, his teammates and support staff,” Snow Australia said in a statement. “Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be sorely missed.”
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