SUPER SAD! Superstorm Sandy Hero Lifeguard Dies Surfing In Puerto Rico

A lifeguard hailed as a hero for rescuing at least a half dozen people during Superstorm Sandy died while surfing off a popular beach in Puerto Rico.

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23-year-old Dylan Smith was found floating lifeless Sunday morning tethered to his surfboard off Maria’s Beach in the western Puerto Rican community of Rincon.

During the height of Sandy’s fury, Smith, famously rescued people using a bridge he had fashioned out of rope while traveling on his surfboard.

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Smith was recently selected as one of People Magazine’s Heroes of 2012.

Authorities say a local resident spotted Smith in the water Sunday and brought him to shore. A local doctor tried to resuscitate him but the surfer showed no signs of life.

GOD SEND IGNORED: 50,000 NYC Marathon Mylar SPACE BLANKETS Collecting Dust

I have been trying to bring light to this subject for days but are the NY officials even listening? Do they even care about their own people?


It is beyond appalling that lifesaving food, water, generators and Mylar Space Blankets, tens of thousands of them, STILL sit unused in NYC parking lots. I think the time has come for some heads to roll…

NYPost is boldly reporting on this horribly frustrating story of incompetence…

“The city left more than a dozen generators desperately needed by cold and hungry New Yorkers who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy still stranded in Central Park yesterday.

And that’s not all — stashed near the finish line of the canceled marathon were 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar “space” blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water.

This while people who lost their homes in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island were freezing and going hungry.

Michael Murphy, of Staten Island, who had no power and no heat, said yesterday, “We needed 100 percent of the resources here.”

“If those generators were here, we maybe could have had some light for the cleanup effort,” he said. “Those generators would really have come in handy.’’

Larry Gold, 61, of Rockaway Park, who has difficulty breathing, can’t use his oxygen tank without electricity.

“I need power to breathe,’’ he said.

“Right now all I can do is sit outside my house and pray that they bring us a generator.’’

A marathon security worker still working yesterday from a generator-powered trailer in the park, said the power sources had not been moved to devastated areas of the city because of an impromptu race run by marathon holdovers in the park.

“Once we found out they’d still be running a marathon, we had to call all the towing vendors and tell them they couldn’t come,” he said.

“We can’t have these trucks coming in with the runners. It’s a safety issue.”

But most runners in the non-sanctioned run around the park were upset to learn they were being held responsible for disrupting rescue efforts.

“I’m sure they could have asked the runners to pause to remove the things,” said Scott Hawley, 31, of Hell’s Kitchen.

“It shouldn’t take long, and if any of us knew this, we would want that to be the priority.”

And the city had no explanation for why it didn’t simply ask the runners to stay out of the way of the trucks — or send cops to clear a path.

City Hall also did not explain why the equipment and food were not moved out of the park on Saturday — since the race had been canceled a day earlier.

Richard Finn, a spokesman for the New York Road Runners, which pledged all its supplies for disaster relief, also declined to say why the food and equipment weren’t moved out earlier.

The club “focused on routing any available resources to the needy in partnership with local authorities, and making our own personal contributions where we can,” he said.”

ENTER THE LOOTERS

With any natural disaster you get opportunists… At least 9 already arrested in the Sandy aftermath.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nine people have been arrested for allegedly stealing from businesses near the Rockaways in Queens during and after Superstorm Sandy.

Three people were arrested at a gas station, three at a Radio Shack, and two at a clothing store.

The Rockaway Peninsula was severely damaged by flooding and violent winds during the storm. Surges left Rockaway Beach inundated, and an out-of-control six-alarm fire destroyed more than 80 homes in the Breezy Point section of the peninsula Monday night.

The area was in the Evacuation Zone A delineated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the weekend. But many residents did not evacuate.

The theft incidents happened between Monday and Tuesday.