Key Biscayne hit-and-run boat crash victim identified as Ella Adler

Authorities on Tuesday continued to search for the person who fatally struck a girl with a boat as she waterskied in South Florida over the weekend and identified the victim as a 15-year-old from Miami Beach.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) officials identified the Key Biscayne boating fatality victim as Ella Adler.

“Ms. Adler fell in the water while being towed and was struck by another vessel at approximately 4:30 p.m. (Saturday),” FWC spokesperson Arielle Callender told USA TODAY Tuesday. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ella Adler during this incredibly difficult time.”

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Ella Adler was wakeboarding when she fell in water

According to a preliminary investigation by the FWC, Ella fell in the ocean near Nixon Beach while being towed about a mile from shore while waterskiing.

The beach is in Miami-Dade County about 7 miles south of downtown Miami.

Residential buildings line the coastline in Key Biscayne, Fla. A 15-year-old Miami Beach girl waterskiing was fatally struck by a boater who fled the scene here on May 11, 2024.

While waiting to be recovered by her boat, another boat struck her and fled the scene, officials said. Ella, who wore a life jacket, died from her injuries.

“The vessel that struck the victim is described as a center console boat with a light blue hull,” Callender said. “It has multiple white outboard engines and may have blue or dark blue bottom paint.

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