Girl Scout's quick instincts save 3-year-old boy

Isabel Baughn
Isabel Baughn

By Hannah Horne - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Isabel Baughn, 10, knows how to lead. Yet, she's also good at following her instincts.

The Lake Murray Elementary Student remembers last summer when a pool party took a turn for the worse.

"As I was turning around to get back out of the water, I heard my mom yelling, 'Turn around, turn around,'" said Isabel. That's because a 3-year-old little boy who could not swim jumped in after her.

"I saw Cody and his face was all red and you could only see from here up," said Isabel.

Isabel's mom, Johana, also remembers those tense moments. "We heard the splash and then Cody decided he was going in and he was just bobbing there," she said. "It was right in front of us and we could not stop him."

Isabel had to think quickly. "I got back into the water and bounced back off the floor and pushed him up," she said.

That extra push allowed parents to get the child safely out of the water.

"I'm very proud of her," said Johana of Isabel's strength.

The local Girl Scouts troop is also proud of Isabel. At the troops' Final Year Awards Ceremony.. she is given one of the organization's highest awards, the Bronze Cross Life Saving Award.

"I haven't had any training, it's just something I knew I had to do," said Isabel.

It's an extraordinary award for a young girl who showed great courage under water.

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