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Alex Pullin dead at 32: Tributes paid to Australian Winter Olympics snowboard star killed while spearing fishing at sea

0 5 months ago

AUSTRALIAN Winter Olympics star Alex “Chumpy” Pullin has died aged 32 after a tragic accident while spear fishing.

The two-time world champion snowboarder passed away earlier today off Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.


Australian Winter Olympics star Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin has died aged 32 in a tragic fishing accident[/caption]

The Courier Mail report the hugely-popular sports star suffered a shallow water blackout shortly after 10.30am local time.

A shallow water blackout occurs when a person suffers from a loss of oxygen and “faints” underwater.

Pullin was found unresponsive on the ocean floor by another spear fisherman after they had alerted a nearby surfer.

Fellow surfers then helped to carry the body off an artificial reef before calling lifeguards.

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