The search is on for a boater who hit and killed a girl water skiing off Key Biscayne

A girl has died after a boat driver hit her and sped away while she was water skiing near Key Biscayne Saturday afternoon, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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The girl’s name and age haven’t been released, but FWC divulged a description of the boat. The vessel is a center console boat with a light blue hull, multiple white outboard engines and may have blue or dark blue bottom paint, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It was last seen heading west from Nixon Beach in Key Biscayne.

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A first responder reported seeing a lot of blood in the water, according to fire rescue radio transmissions. Around 4:30 p.m., officers were notified of a boating incident near Key Biscayne’s Nixon Beach on Biscayne Bay, FWC spokesperson Arielle Callender said.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for anonymous tips that lead to the arrest of the boater.

Anyone with information about the boat crash is asked to call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. To make an anonymous tip, call Miami-Dade & the Florida Keys Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or visit

Miami Herald staff reporter Grethel Aguila contributed to this report.