Ethan Riozzi-Bodine and Taylor Davis save life of 12-year-old friend Hannah Peters, impaled by rock

Two teens who sprang into action to help a friend who had fallen and seriously injured herself are being credited with saving her life. Hannah

Two teens who sprang into action to help

Two teens who sprang into action to help a friend who had fallen and seriously injured herself are being credited with saving her life. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

SHARK RIVER HILLS - Two teens who sprang into action to help a friend who had fallen and seriously injured herself are being credited with saving her life.

Hannah Peters, 12, was sitting with a friend along the Shark River, but lost her footing when she stood up to leave and fell forward onto a sharp rock.

The rock sliced open her chest, just missing her jugular vein and her heart.

"I thought that I was fine, and then I looked at it and thought, oh, jeez, I'm not OK," she says.

Hannah says she was scared, crying and bleeding profusely from the deep wound. She had started running toward her home when two of her friends stopped her.

"She was trying to run home which made it worse cause her heart rate was up, so we had to calm her down," says 14-year-old Ethan Riozzi-Bodine. 

Another friend, 14-year-old Taylor Davis stepped in. "We had to explain that if she keeps running, she'll get her heart rate up and she would be bleeding even more than she was," he says.

Ethan applied pressure to the wound while Taylor ran to call 911.

The boys stayed with her until help arrived. "I remember Ethan was just sitting there with his hands on my chest, putting pressure on it," Hannah says.

Both boys said they felt prepared for the emergency. Ethan is a Boy Scout and Taylor, a hunter.

Hannah is home and recovering. "And don't even know how I could ever thank them," she says. Her mom, Jackie Peters, is also grateful. "I'm just glad the boys were at the right place at the right time to help her."

The gash was 7 inches long and 3 inches deep. Hannah needed 20 stitches to close the wound.

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