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Australian World -Champion Snowboarder Alex Pullin Dies

Australian World Champion Snowboarder Alex Pullin Dies


Australian world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin (32) died while spear fishing in his native Australia, local officials have confirmed.

Pullin nicknamed ‘Chumpy’ was 2- time world champion, he was Australia’s flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Pullin was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. A snorkeler had spotted Pullin unconscious underwater on an artificial reef, local media said. Pullin was treated by paramedics at the scene but could not be revived,authorities said.

“The man was spearfishing off Palm Beach. He was brought to shore by bystanders where he was treated by local lifesavers and paramedics,” a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said.

Officer Chris Tritton said, “ He didn’t have an oxygen mask, we understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef”.

The sport’s Australian top body, Snow Australia, said it was “ shocked and suddenly” by Pullin’s unexpected death.

“ Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly may,” it said in a statement.

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