“Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin is dead. The former world cross-discipline champion died in a tragic accident while spearfishing near Palm Beach, Queensland, at the age of 32, the Australian Federation confirmed on its website. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family and his teammates and supporters,” Snow Australia wrote.
Numerous international media reported on the death. The British Guardian reported that Pullin had been pulled unconscious from the water, according to police. Immediate resuscitation measures, however, were ineffective.
Justin Payne, a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) officer in Coolangatta, confirmed to Australian news portal ABC that emergency services responded to an emergency call shortly after 10.30am.
Pullin had lead belt strapped
“The QAS received a call in support of lifeguards who were trying to recover and resuscitate a 32-year-old man who had been found on the seabed,” Payne said. The man was Pullin.
This was found at the bottom of the reef and brought to the surface by another snorkeler. “When the paramedics were on the scene, we couldn’t find anyone who knew the patient, so we just had to treat him with the complaints we identified,” Officer Payne said.
Pullin was found with a lead belt around his abdomen, and his equipment was near the site. Payne also confirmed that the incident is being investigated by local police.
Pullin had won the World Championships in snowboard cross in 2011 and 2013. He also carried the flag of the Australian team at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and also participated in the 2010 Games in Vancouver and 2018 in Pyeongchang. “Alex was a beloved member of our community and will be greatly missed,” Snow Australia wrote.