31-year-old Jamie Zimmerman who was a doctor and medical reporter for ABC News drowned on Monday while on vacation in Hawaii. It is believed that Zimmerman was swept out to sea while crossing a river at the north shore when she lost her footing and was swept away.
By the time rescue workers got to Zimmerman’s body, which was swept 200 yards out to sea, they were unable to resuscitate her. The Lumahai River the area where Zimmerman lost her footing is reported to be dangerous at times because of flash flooding and high surf advisories but that day there were no advisories that day.
The beach gained some fame from the 1958 film South Pacific. The beach is featured in the scene where Mitzi Gaynor sang, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.”
Zimmerman has a long list of accomplishments. Not only was she a member of ABC’s “Medical Unit,” she also led mediations for the ABC staff and regularly contributed to the Huffington Post, Yahoo News and PBS. She appeared in two television shows, had spent time in Haiti and the Amazon rain forest and made a documentary about Congolese refugee camps.
Jordan Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s mother wrote a tear jerking message on Facebook about her daughter.
“My little girl was always trying to do too much, she just couldn’t stop taking on more. It’s as if she knew her time was limited and she was trying to fit it all in!”
Zimmerman’s last Facebook post is a picture of her standing in front of the north shores where the tragic accident happen and it is likely the picture was taken moments before a death.