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Girl Scout gets national award for saving sister, friends from drowning

Out of 1.7 million Girl Scouts nationwide, only 40 received the lifesaving award this year.

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A Wisconsin Girl Scout is getting national attention for jumping into action to save her sister and her friends from drowning.

Isabel "Isa" Zuniga-Meyer was recognized Thursday morning during the morning flag-raising ceremony at Camp Silver Brook in West Bend.

She was presented with the Girl Scouts of the USA Lifesaving Medal of Honor.

"It's amazing to get an award, but quite honestly, it really humbles me," Isa said.

The Girl Scouts honored the 16-year-old counselor in training for rescuing her sister and three of her friends last August.

They'd found themselves on choppy waters during a trip up north.

"Suddenly their raft blew away pretty far and the gusts must have picked up and at one point, it flipped the entire thing over," Isa's mom and camp co-director Angela Zuniga-Meyer explained.

Isa said she was on the beach when she first noticed the girls struggling.

She grabbed a nearby paddleboard and got out to them as quickly as she could.

"It was just a gut instinct to do, it was a fight or flight, and I chose to fight, so I really just had to do my best to help my sister and her friends," Isa said.

She had the girls hold onto the paddleboard as they waited for a boat.

Isa and her mom credit her more than a decade in the Girl Scouts for her quick action.

"I honestly had no choice because I just felt the obligation to go and help them and once I helped them, it felt really good that they were safe," Isa said.

Out of 1.7 million Girl Scouts nationwide, only 40 received the lifesaving award this year.