Hurricane hero dies in surfing accident

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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