A New York City man who risked his own life to save at least a half-dozen people during the peak of Superstorm Sandy has died while on vacation in Puerto Rico.

FOX News Radio's Hank Weinbloom reports from New York:

It was during the worst of Sandy in Belle Harbor, Queens.  A storm surge pushed six feet of water down Beach 130th St. as homes were burning.  Dylan Smith, a Rockaway Beach lifeguard, used his surfboard and a makeshift rope bridge and together with another Rockaway resident, pulled at least a half-dozen people to safety.  People Magazine named Smith one of its heroes of 2012, although Smith said he didn't consider himself a hero.

Smith was in Puerto Rico, surfing this weekend.  His body was pulled from the water, his surfboard nearby; an apparent drowning.

In New York, Hank Weinbloom, FOX News Radio.