Pullin, 32, was the Australian flag bearer on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and competed in three Olympics in whole. He was generally known as an skilled diver and had beforehand posted about his ardour for spearfishing on social media.
“Paramedics have been known as to a post-immersion incident off Nineteenth Avenue at Palm Seashore simply after 10.30am,” mentioned the Queensland Ambulance Service in a press release Wednesday. “One affected person was handled on the scene.”
Pullin was recognized to frequent the favored swimming spot, reviews CNN affiliate 9 Information, and had beforehand gone spearfishing at a synthetic reef positioned round 270 meters from shore.
One other diver discovered Pullin unconscious with out an oxygen masks, Gold Coast Police District Responsibility Officer Chris Tritton informed 9 Information. Pullin gave the impression to be diving alone on the time, he added.
“We perceive he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef,” mentioned Tritton.
Pullin was unconscious when he was dropped at shore, reviews 9 Information. Emergency providers carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45 minutes however could not save his life.
“Unreal day within the ocean! Whales singing & breaching throughout us, hanging with nice folks, plus bringing house loads of fish for the week,” wrote Pullin.
Tributes have flooded in for the favored two-time boardercross gold medalist at snowboarding world championships.
Snow Australia, the nation’s group for aggressive snowboarding and snowboarding, mentioned it was “shocked and saddened” by Pullin’s dying.
“Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia neighborhood and he will likely be dearly missed.”
Floral tributes have been left at Palm Seashore on Australia’s Gold Coast, whereas fellow snowboarder and former Olympics teammate Jarry Hughes posted a tribute to Pullin on Twitter.
“It was an honour to be teammates and have raced alongside you. Sending my condolences to his household, associates and family members. RIP.”