A lifeguard who succeeded in saving the lives of several people during Hurricane Sandy, has reportedly drowned in Puerto Rico on a surfing vacation.
Young Dylan Smith, 23, who saved six of his neighbors during Superstorm Sandy as it hit New York in October 2012, took a surfing vacation to unwind from the horrors of the hurricane.
Smith’s body was found floating along with his surfboard in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday morning, Dec. 24, off the popular tourist spot Maria’s Beach near Rincon on the western coast of the island of Puerto Rico.
Reportedly, locals dragged his body to shore and tried to resuscitate him but it was apparently too late…
Fire Department New York Chief Michael Light, who knew Smith since his childhood said that “the same sport – the sport of surfing – that he used to save all those people, it's so shocking that he perished that way.”
Ryan Moroney, 22-year-old cousin of Smith, claimed that his surfing skills were remarkable and that he was more like a superhero – he was “Aquaman.”
Wistfully, he added, “if you were in need, Dylan would be there to help, hands down, no questions asked…His passions were to just go out and enjoy life and anything anybody needed, he was always there.”
Michael McDonnell, another neighbor of Smith’s, wrote for the NY Daily News that Smith did not care much for the media and wanted to stay clear of any publicity. Smith even declined on the photoshoot though he clearly had movie star looks besides a heart of gold!
McDonnell added that Smith was unselfish and willing to put his own life on the line – immediately – if it meant saving the lives of others.
Dylan Smith, the avid surfer and savior of so many, was here on Earth for a short time but left his mark through selfless deeds. It seems that Dylan Smith’s work had been done.