Australian Snowboarder Alex Pullin Drowns Off Gold Coast

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Melbourne: Australia’s double world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin drowned while spearfishing off a Gold Coast beach on Wednesday.

Pullin, Australia’s flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, was pulled lifeless from the water at a Gold Coast beach where he had been spearfishing. Soon after which emergency services were called to Palm Beach. The lifeguards, along with off-duty volunteer life savers, tried to revive Pullin before paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later, a police spokesman said.

The 32-year-old experienced free diver is believed to have drowned while spearfishing at an artificial reef off Palm Beach this morning.

The accident happened at Palm Beach around 10:40 a.m. local time. Pullin had been diving on an artificial reef when he was found by a snorkeler.

Pullin, known by the nickname Chumpy, won gold medals in the snowboard cross event at the 2011 La Molina and 2013 Stoneham world championships. He was Australia’s flag bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Australia’s winter sports body Snow Australia said it was shocked and saddened by Pullin’s death.

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