Two-time snowboarding world champion Alex Pullin passed away at the age of 32. The Australian drowned while spear fishing in the sea.

Pullin was found off the coast of Gold Coast, in the Australian state of Queensland, on Wednesday. Local authorities say he was taken out of the water by bystanders and doctors tried to resuscitate him, but to no avail.

"We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of triple Olympic Alex Pullin," Snow Australia writes in a statement. "Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, teammates and staff."

Pullin was crowned world champion in the snowboard cross section in 2011 and 2013 and took World Cup bronze in 2017. He competed in the Winter Olympics in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and was the flag bearer on behalf of Australia in Sochi in 2014.

Despite his three entries to the Games, Pullin never managed to win an Olympic medal. He achieved his best result in the 2018 Olympics in South Korean Pyeongchang, where he finished sixth after falling in the final.