California Man Dies After Snorkeling in Ocean Off Maui

By Associated Press
|  Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014  |  Updated 8:31 PM PDT
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Napa Man Dies After Snorkeling in Ocean Off Maui

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Hawaii police say a visitor from California died earlier this week after snorkeling in the ocean.

The Maui County Police Department says Michael Loughran of Napa was snorkeling in front of the Kaanapali (KAH-ah-nah-pah-lee) Beach Hotel when he was caught in a strong current on Monday.

The 61-year-old attempted to swim back to shore but had difficulty breathing.

He held on to a buoy and a kayaker brought him to shore, but he collapsed shortly afterward. Medics performed CPR on Loughran but weren't able to revive him.

Police said Wednesday an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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