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A Gucci worker shared a haunting video of herself enjoying a Florida boating trip with her boyfriend moments before she died after a rogue wave reportedly swept her off the vessel.
Lindsey Partridge, 22, can be seen on video frolicking with her boyfriend on an open boat as they cruised on the Boca Raton Inlet on March 13, just hours before she fell overboard and died.
Sporting a yellow bikini and braided pigtails, the Nashua, New Hampshire woman pops her sunglasses on top of her head, as she snapped a selfie video of herself at the helm of the 23-foot outboard boat with her beau, Jacob Smith, 24, standing behind her flashing a broad smile behind his own shades.
In one video, taken from the wheel, she records Smith, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, stretched out at the bow of the boat, soaking up the sun as the vessel skims across the water.
Lindsey Partridge, 22, hit her head when a 23-foot wave struck her small rented powerboat off the coast of Boca Raton
She took the videos moments before heading the boat out of the calm inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and sent them to her friend Alyson Mallinder, who shared them with The Sun.
The couple had gone to Florida last week on vacation to taken a break from the cold, snowy New England winter, but their vacation ended in tragedy.
The couple was only 150 yards offshore just afternoon near the Boca Raton Beach Club when a 23-foot wave crashed over the boat, sweeping Partridge overboard, her father Donald Partridge told Boston 25 News.
Smith tried to maneuver the boat back to pick up his girlfriend, but he was unsuccessful, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating the fatality.
The boat was 150 yards off the coast went Partridge got swept overboard. Video she took before the accident show calm waters, but there was a small craft weather advisory in the area at the time
Partridge and her beau, Jacob Smith, 24, were vacationing in Florida when she was killed in a boating accident
‘The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sends sincere condolences to Ms. Partridge’s family and friends during this tragic time,’ a spokesman said.
Sharp-eyed lifeguards from the beach club swam out and retrieved Partridge and swam her back to shore, according to commission investigators. She was taken to a local hospital, but she could not be revived.
Witnesses said that she was bleeding profusely when she was brought to shore and her family said that she hit her head before going into the water.
Her father Donald Partridge told Boston 25 News that she had called at noon, laughing and having fun on the boat, at 12:15 the wave struck.
‘They were having fun and she was really excited and that was a 12 o’clock and at 12:15 she died,’ he said before breaking down in tears.
Her mother Jessica said that it was Smith that jumped in after her and pulled her body to shore.
Family and friends described her as full of life, she worked at a Nashua, New Hampshire Toyota dealership and recruited by Gucci to work in their New York City store
Partridge was supposed to be spending a romantic vacation away from the harsh New England winter when she was killed in a Florida boating accident
Family members said that Partridge was fearless. Her father said she was a ‘spitfire’
‘He turned the boat around and couldn’t get to her as fast as he wanted so he jumped in afterward and swam her to shore and she hit her head she had a fatal injury in the back of her head,’ the tearful mom told the news channel.
There was a small craft advisory for the area at the time of the accident, according to the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Her father said she was an experienced seaman, but the conditions got out of hand.
‘Any boat smaller than 30 feet shouldn’t be out there and she rented a 23-foot boat,’ Donald Partridge told the Boston news station. ‘It’s not her first time. She’s familiar with boats, she knows boats a little bit, but they went out and a big wave hit him and I guess she was thrown from the boat.’
She was recruited by Gucci to work in their New York City store
Partridge worked hard at everything she did, her father said. She’s pictured here at the Nashua, New Hampshire Toyota dealership where she worked
Mallinder described her as ‘young, wild and free.’
She worked at a Toyota dealership in Nashua and had been recruited by Gucci in New York City to be a sales rep.
‘She worked really hard and was successful in everything she did,’ her dad Donald Partridge told The Sun. ‘She was fearless and definitely a spitfire. She made everyone feel loved.
‘She could’ve just met you, but she made you feel like you’ve been friends for 30 years.’