Colorado girl, 12, killed in boating accident on Newfound Lake

Union Leader Correspondent

July 17. 2017 12:51PM

State Marine Patrol Sgt. Joshua Dirth talks on his cell phone as he looks at a bowrider-style Colbalt boat at the scene where a 12-year-old Colorado girl died in a boating accident Monday. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

BRIDGEWATER – A 12-year-old girl was fatally injured Monday in a boating accident on Newfound Lake.

The victim, from Colorado, was visiting relatives in New Hampshire with her parents and siblings.

The accident occurred near Ceily’s Point on the lake, next to Sanborn Bay in Hebron at 8:26 a.m. Occupants of the boat called 911.

She was rushed by boat to a dock at 1775 Mayhew Turnpike, a lakeside condominium development, but died at the scene.

Drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the accident and no criminal charges are expected, authorities said.

Marine Patrol Sgt. Joshua Dirth said the girl was attempting a water start on a slalom water ski. The tow boat had looped back to allow her another try when the driver was distracted temporarily and the boat struck the girl at a slow speed.

The girl, who was wearing a personal flotation device, suffered serious abdominal trauma.

There were three people in the 20-foot 1997 Colbalt bowrider-style boat, powered by an inboard/outboard motor, at the time of the accident.

Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Dispatch sent Bridgewater and Bristol Fire/EMS to the Mayhew Turnpike address, near the Hebron town line, at 8:31 a.m., reporting that a child had been run over by a boat on the lake and was being taken to shore.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Air Rescue Transport helicopter landed on the athletic field at the Bridgewater school on School House Road, about two miles from where the victim was brought to shore.

The helicopter departedabout 9:40 a.m..

State police responded to the scene along with Sgt. Dirth.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.


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