HEBRON, N.H. – A 12-year-old girl was killed by a boat that was operated by her father Monday.

The young lady was learning to water ski when she was run over by the powerboat her father was driving at Newfound Lake in Hebron, New Hampshire, reported WMUR.

Zoe Anderson, a Colorado native, was water skiing at the lake when she fell, the state’s Marine Patrol said. Her father, Sherwood Anderson, became distracted when his hat flew off his head while driving the boat back toward his daughter.

“Certainly this is a tragedy in every sense of the word,” said Sgt. Joshua Dirth of the New Hampshire Marine Patrol. “The boat was attempting to bring a ski line back to the skier. The operator was momentarily distracted. As a result, the boat did strike the victim at a slow rate of speed. But unfortunately the victim sustained serious injuries.”


Anderson placed the boat in neutral as it inadvertently floated over his daughter at a slow speed. Sadly, she was hit by the propeller and suffered serious injuries to her torso. Family members immediately jumped into the water to rescue her. She was brought to shore where officials administered CPR, but were unable to revive her.  Officials said the girl died before she could be transported to the hospital.

The girl’s mom and sister were also aboard the boat at the time of the accident.

“This is a family, for all intents and purposes; it was a beautiful day out on Newfound Lake,” continued Sgt. Dirth. “They were just looking to spend the day together. And unfortunately, in the blink of an eye, everything changed. This is a tragedy.”

The grandparents were contacted, and simply asked for privacy as they grieved their loss.

Finally, the devastating incident remains under investigation.

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