I had something like that happen to me. My son pitched into a bush, got a bite, set the hook, broke off. I'm fishing another bush from the front of the boat about 15 feet away. I get a bite, set the hook. Bring in the fish and he has my son's worm/hook and pegged sinker in it's mouth. Dang thing was fast getting to a bush 15 feet away.
Proud Father, Sons Served their country