Visitor who drowned off Lumahai Beach identified as ABC News medical expert

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Kauai police report that a female visitor apparently drowned Monday afternoon in waters off Lumahai Beach.

She has been identified as 31-year-old Jamie Zimmerman of New York.

Shortly before 4 p.m., witnesses called 911 when they noticed a female being swept out to sea from the mouth of the Lumahai River. Lifeguards from the Hanalei Pavilion tower responded to the scene within minutes via Jet Ski.

The woman was located unresponsive in the water approximately 200 yards east of the river mouth. Lifeguards immediately brought the woman to shore and began administering CPR with the help of Hanalei firefighters.

A bystander with a pickup truck helped rescuers transport the woman from the beach to a nearby parking lot, where awaiting medics continued CPR.

She was transported to Wilcox Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to police, Zimmerman was alone at the time of the incident. Investigators believe she was attempting to cross the river when she apparently lost her footing and was swept out. Foul play is not suspected in the cause of her death.

CNN reports that Zimmerman was a medical doctor that provided on-air analysis for ABC News.

Zimmerman was memorialized by ABC News President James Goldston in a note to staff members on Thursday morning.

“Jamie touched so many of us across ABC News,” Goldston said. “We will miss her.”

This is Kauai’s fifth drowning of 2015.

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