While spearfishing underwater, snowboard world champion Alex Pullin suddenly falls unconscious on the ocean floor. All attempts at resuscitation are ineffective, shortly afterwards the Australian is declared dead. Pullin is only 32 years old.
Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin is dead. Australian former world champion died in a tragic spearfishing accident near Palm Beach (Queensland) at the age of 32, as the Australian association confirmed on its website. “Our deepest sympathy goes to Alex’s family and his teammates and supporters,” wrote Snow Australia.
Numerous international media reported on the death. The British Guardian wrote that Pullin had been pulled out of the water, police said. Immediate resuscitation measures were ineffective. The medic said the snorkeler pulled Pullin to the surface before the lifeguards brought him ashore.
Australian former world champion died While spearfishing underwater
The Brisbane Times reported that Pullin was found by another diver “on the ocean floor” before the diver alerted nearby surfers. He was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later, a police spokesman said. Pullin was not equipped with an oxygen mask because he dived freely on the artificial reef and fished with spears, the police said.
Pullin had been active on his Instagram page last week, sharing pictures of a marlin dive. “Unreal day in the ocean!” he wrote in a post. “Whales sing and break all around us, hang out with great people and bring lots of fish home for the week.”
Pullin had won the World Championships in snowboard cross in 2011 and 2013. At the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, he carried the flag of the Australian team; he had also participated in the 2010 games in Vancouver and 2018 in Pyeongchang. “Alex was a loved member of our community and will be missed a lot,” wrote Snow Australia.
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