THIS heartbreaking photo shows tragic Alex Pullin’s dog waiting for his owner at the beach where he drowned.
The two-time world champion snowboarder died aged 32 after a tragic accident while spear fishing.
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.
The accident happened at Palm Beach on Wednesday. Pullin had been diving on an artificial reef when he was found by a snorkeler.
And now, as reported by News.com.AU, a memorial site has been set up on the beach where he died.
His partner Ellidy Vlug visited the beach along with their kelpie pup Rummi.
Uploading the poignant photo on social media, Vlug wrote: “Can’t bear to type these words. Chump my baby, rest in paradise.”
Pullin, known by the nickname Chumpy, won gold medals in the snowboard cross event at the 2011 La Molina and 2013 Stoneham world championships.
He was Australia’s flag bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Victoria-born athlete was a seasoned free diver and regularly went spear fishing, even sharing an underwater photo of himself in action a fortnight ago.
Australia’s winter sports body Snow Australia said it was shocked and saddened by Pullin’s death.
It said in a statement: “Our deepest condolences are with Alex’s family, as well as his teammates and support staff.
“Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.”