A 19-year-old waitress is currently recovering from an injured back and broken foot after she jumped off a pier to save a drowning 8-year-old boy, only to strike a sand bar and require rescue herself, according to reports.
Hanna Pignato said she was at work on the rooftop deck of Joe’s Crab Shack in Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday just before 8 pm when she saw a group of people in a panic, reported Daytona Beach News-Journal.
She quickly learned the cause of the disturbance: a young child was struggling in a rip current.
“I saw the mom screaming and crying. Just hearing her wail terrified me. Then I saw the little boy … his head just kept going down,” Pignato told the publication. “I was just thinking that could be my little sister I would hope someone would save. So I jumped.”
Pignato leaped off the Daytona Beach Pier to save the child. However, when she dove in, Pignato hit a sandbar, injuring her foot and back, according to WESH.
As for the boy, he was rescued and taken to a local hospital, the station reported.