Lindsay Partridge | Egdirtrap | struck by wave while on vacation

Lindsay Partridge, just 22, of New Hampshire, was killed when she was knocked off a boat by a wave while on vacation in Florida

Lindsay Partridge | Egdirtrap | struck by wave while on vacation
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Lindsay Partridge of Nashua was on a romantic getaway in Boca Raton with her boyfriend Jacob Smith, 24, when she was knocked off the 23-foot boat Sunday, said her father, Donald Partridge of Groton, Massachusetts, Boston 25.

Smith, of Manchester, New Hampshire, tried unsuccessfully to save his girlfriend, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to Boca News Now.

The boat "was traveling about a quarter mile northeast of Boca Inlet and 150 yards offshore with two occupants on board," the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Boca News Now.

"While the vessel was heading north, a wave washed over it. The victim (Lindsay Partridge) fell overboard and the occupant (Jacob Smith) attempted to maneuver the vessel to catch her," the agency said.

"The accident victim was brought ashore by lifeguards from the Boca Beach Club and taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The weather report issued a small boat warning for the area," it added.

Just hours before the tragedy, Partridge sent her best friend Alyson Mallinder Snapchat videos of her and her boyfriend enjoying their vacation, the US Sun reported.

"The best way to describe Lindsey is that she was young, wild and free," Mallinder told the news agency.

The tragic woman's father told Boston 25, "Any boat smaller than 30 feet shouldn't be out there, and she rented a 23-foot boat.

"It's not her first time. She knows boats, she knows a little bit, but they went out and a big wave hit him and I guess she was thrown out of the boat," he told the station.

"She was fearless and definitely a hothead. She made everyone feel loved. She could have just hit you, but she made you feel like you were friends with her for 30 years," the grieving father added.

Her mother, Jessie Partridge, told Boston 25 that her daughter "had such a full life - I mean, she played golf and hiked."

She added, "We cry a lot about crying in groups."

A GoFundMe account set up for the family says, "We all loved Lindsey, she was a kind, happy, fun-loving girl who lit up every room she walked into. Our family is devastated and she will be missed forever.

"If you can and would like to help at this time, we are grateful for your generosity," it says.

The account, which asked for $20,000, had received $22,775 as of Thursday morning.

"She loved her family more than anything," her father told the US Sun. "She was the substance that held everyone together. She never let too much time go by before she got to one.

"It was like she knew every moment counted," he added.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.