Australian Winter Olympics star Alex “Chumpy” Pulling has tragically died after drowning while spear fishing on the Gold Coast.
A shallow water blackout is believed to be the reason for the tragedy. Pullin was found unresponsive on the ocean floor at Palm beach this morning by a snorkeller.
Paramedics performed CPR on the 32 year old for 45 minutes, but he could not be revived.
Alex Pullin was an experienced free diver, and was a regular spear fisher.
Pullin was a two-time snowboarding world champion, and had represented Australia at three Winter Olympics. He was Australia’s flag bearer at the Sochi Games in Russia in 2014.
Snow Australia have released a statement following his tragic death.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of triple Olympian, Alex Pullin, who today lost his life while spear fishing on the Gold Coast. Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, as well as his team mates and support staff.”
Queensland Police have commenced an investigation in to his death, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.