Hurricane hero dies in surfing accident

A local hurricane hero has died in a tragic accident while on vacation. Officials say 23-year-old Dylan Smith apparently drowned on Sunday while surfing in

Dylan Smith, 23, rescued several of his neighbors in the Rockaways during Superstorm Sandy.

Dylan Smith, 23, rescued several of his neighbors in the Rockaways during Superstorm Sandy. (12/25/12)

WOODBURY - A local hurricane hero has died in a tragic accident while on vacation.

Officials say 23-year-old Dylan Smith apparently drowned on Sunday while surfing in Puerto Rico.

People hailed Smith a hero after Superstorm Sandy. The New York City lifeguard had rescued several of his neighbors in the Rockaways using his surfboard during the storm.

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