Lifeguard and surfer Dylan Smith died just weeks after helping
save the lives of six others in his Belle Harbor hometown during
Smith, 23, was surfing in Puerto Rico this weekend when he tragically drowned. He was recently named to PEOPLE's 2012 Heroes of the Year
According to People.com:During Superstorm Sandy Oct. 29, as a 6-foot
surge roared down their block, and a fire from a gas line explosion
engulfed houses around them, [Michael] McDonnell, a sales director for
Chefs Diet, and Smith, a lifeguard, ushered six people to safety with a
homemade rope bridge and Smith's surfboard.
According to the Daily News
with split-second timing and risking his own life, Smith and another
selfless Belle Harbor man attached a homemade rope bridge to his
surfboard on Oct. 29 and yanked a group of stranded victims to safety
in the Rockaways.
Spotted off the shores of Rincon, a fellow surfer pulled Smith to shore, but a local doctor was unable to revive him.Follow Long Beach Patch on Facebook.
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