Alex Pullin, a three-time Olympian and two-time world champion who was famously known as “Chumpy,” has passed away at age 32.
This week, the Instagram account for Snow Australia confirmed that the Australian snowboarder died July 7 from a spearfishing accident.
“The Snow Australia community is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of triple Olympian, Alex Pullin, who today lost his life while spear fishing on the Gold Coast this morning,” the account wrote.
They added, “Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, as well as his team mates and support staff. Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.”
According to Australia’s 7 News, it is believed that Pullin drowned after he suffered a medical episode while spearfishing off Palm Beach.
Reportedly, his body was found on the seafloor near an artificial reef. After surfers took him to shore around 10:45 a.m., lifeguards gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived.
First responders gave him CPR for another 45 minutes before he was declared dead.
Authorities believe Pullin went free-diving and was wearing a weight belt, which they suspect kept him on the ocean floor.
He reportedly had no signs of injury, and it is unclear how long he was underwater.
Officials are still investigating Pullin’s death and are in the process of preparing a report for the coroner.
Pullin competed for Australia at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics, and was the Australian flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones for their tragic loss.