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Australian Winter Olympian Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin Has Died While Spearfishing In Queensland

Australian Winter Olympian Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin Has Died While Spearfishing In Queensland

Australian Winter Olympian Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin has died during a spearfishing accident in Queensland.

The 32-year-old, who has represented Australia at three Olympic and was the flag bearer for Australia at the 2014 Sochi Games, was pulled from the water at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast around 10:30am (July 8), according to the ABC.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said: "The man was spearfishing off Palm Beach. He was brought to shore by bystanders where he was treated by local lifesavers and paramedics."

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Lifeguards performed CPR on the athlete for 45 minutes.

"Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends," said a statement by Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Alex was a seasoned free diver and often showed himself spearfishing on social media.

Two weeks ago he uploaded a video of him swimming with fish, writing on Instagram: "Unreal day in the ocean, whales singing & breaching around us," he wrote."Hanging with great people plus bringing plenty of fish for the week."

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