07/09/2013 04:01 pm ET

Vaverlyn Dachbar, Arizona Teen, Drowns Saving Siblings From Lake

An Arizona teen drowned while saving her twin siblings from a lake Friday, ABC affiliate KNXV reports.

Vaverlyn Dachbar, a sophomore in high school, reportedly jumped in after her brother and sister after they waded out into a deep area and went under. Dachbar managed to save the twins but not herself. A witness tried to rescue the girl, but could not find her. A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office diving team recovered her body later that day.

Dachbar's family said that even though she wasn't a strong swimmer, it was her personality to jump in and help.

"My sister probably saw them go down, and, being her, instead of running to tell the adults, she just kind of went in to get them, because that's what she does," Dachbar's sister, Valerie Leethip, told KNXV during an on-camera interview.

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The incident took place at Lake Pleasant, northwest of Phoenix. Other drownings at the lake have been reported recently.

In May, a 49-year-old man drowned in the lake after consuming alcohol, Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies told The Arizona Republic. Last August, a 27-year-old man drowned at Lake Pleasant after complaining of shortness of breath.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time an act of bravery by a sibling has resulted in a drowning death.

In June, a Buffalo, N.Y., teen was swept downstream and drowned after jumping in to save his younger sister from a strong current. And in March, a South Dakota teen drowned after jumping into an icy river to save her little brother.



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