According to a report by The Huffington Post, 23-year-old surfer Dylan Smith was found dead Sunday morning off Maria’s Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. According to the AP, a local identified Smith, who was floating near his surfboard, and brought his lifeless body to shore.

Smith made headlines during Hurricane Sandy for rescuing several people amid the storm. According to NBC New York, “The night of the storm, Smith, who is from Belle Harbor, helped rescue six people using a homemade rope bridge and his surfboard as fires spread across the flooded Rockaway Peninsula.”

Smith was named one of People’s Heroes of 2012 for his bravery.

For more about Dylan Smith read the NBC story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarkKelly.GSI Mark Kelly

    This is a very sad story for me. After the Sandy event Dylan contacted GSI as asked if we would help him replace his surfboard that he used in his rescuing of people. It was trashed. I spoke to him on the phone and via email and I told him to pick any board from our range. He picked a new Aloha shortboard and we shipped it to him. He send me a personal note saying how stoked he was to have a new stick. A week later I read the article about him dying in PR, I was gutted by the news. It is a very sad story, one that makes no sense to me. Well done Dylan you made a difference while you were here.

    Cheers

    Kel