California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman dies snorkeling in Hawaii

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) A spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has died while snorkeling in Hawaii.

Fifty-year-old Michael Taugher was found unresponsive in the water Saturday. The Maui News reports lifeguards, firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Taugher of Benicia, Calif.

Taugher had been snorkeling with family members when he disappeared.

Police spokesman William Juan says no foul play is suspected.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Taugher was a reporter for the Contra Costa Times from 2000 to 2012. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him as the assistant deputy director of communications, education and outreach for the state wildlife agency in May 2012.

Taugher also previously worked for the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico, the Greeley Tribune in Colorado and for two newspapers at Lake Tahoe.