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Hero Surfer Who Helped Save Lives During Sandy Dies

Lifeguard and surfer Dylan Smith died just weeks after helping save the lives of six others in his Belle Harbor hometown during Hurricane Sandy.

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 list.

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:

Acting 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.

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Mike Charles December 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM
RIP, brother
Carly December 24, 2012 at 01:17 PM
So tragic. So young. We're so sorry. RIP with the angels.
Tonto Hertzberg December 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Mr. Smith is indeed a true hero. He did what had to be done and then humbly stepped back from the spotlight that sought him out. My God bless this young man and may his family find peace, in time, in Gods love.
Eddie December 24, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Peace be with you, Brother.
Beachguy December 25, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Every waves a perfect one now bro.
Jerry December 26, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Peace and Prayers to the Smith family.
water guy December 26, 2012 at 02:36 PM
RIP my friend ...
emd563 December 28, 2012 at 04:17 AM
May Mr. Smith's family know comfort & peace. He was a special, brave man.

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