July 17, 2017 21:59 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Girl 12 dies in waterskiing accident on New Hampshire lake

Girl 12 dies in waterskiing accident on New Hampshire lake

A 12-year-old girl was killed in a boating accident after her father's hat blew from his head.

Authorities say a 12-year-old Colorado girl waterskiing on a New Hampshire lake was struck and killed by a powerboat operated by her father.

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol says Zoe Anderson, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado fell while waterskiing Monday on Newfound Lake. 

The marine patrol says her father, Sherwood Anderson, drove the towing boat back toward her but became briefly distracted when his hat was blown off his head.

Zoe Anderson, 12, of  Colorado, was learning to slalom ski at Newfound Lake, pictured (file)

Zoe Anderson, 12, of  Colorado, was learning to slalom ski at Newfound Lake, pictured (file)

She was waterskiiing behind a 20-foot Cobalt powerboat, pictured, being operated by her father, Sherwood P. Anderson (file photo) 

She was waterskiiing behind a 20-foot Cobalt powerboat, pictured, being operated by her father, Sherwood P. Anderson (file photo) 

The patrol says he quickly placed the boat in neutral as it passed over the top of Zoe at a slow speed but she suffered serious injuries to her torso.

Zoe was learning to slalom ski behind a 20-foot Cobalt powerboat when the accident occurred. 

The patrol says Zoe was immediately brought to shore. CPR was started, but she couldn't be revived.

Sherwood Anderson's wife, Tonya, and another daughter were also aboard the boat.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have further information related to this accident or who may have witnessed the tragic event is encouraged to contact Sergeant Joshua Dirth at 603-293-2037. 

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