The snorkeler who died in waters off Wailua on Thursday has been identified as 46-year-old Daymion Brown.
At around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, two bystanders golfing near the 18th hole of Wailua Golf Course called police when they heard cries for help coming from the beach nearby, a Kauai Police Department spokesman said in a news release.
According to a preliminary investigation, there were two snorkelers who needed help.
In the first incident, one of the golfers, a 71-year-old man, saw a male snorkeler in distress about 50 yards from shore. Police said the man swam out to help the snorkeler but also became distressed.
Meanwhile, another snorkeler was in distress near the shoreline, the news release said. A second golfer was able to guide the snorkeler to shore, and the snorkeler left the scene before officials arrived.
Lifeguards arrived on scene and brought the 71-year-old distressed swimmer in the first incident safely to shore. He was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released, police said.
A chopper then arrived on scene to help locate the remaining snorkeler. Rescuers found the 46-year-old man unresponsive in the water and brought him to shore where they began administering CPR.
He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy is pending. However, police said foul play is not suspected in the cause of his death.