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New York surfer apparently drowns in Puerto Rico

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December 23, 2012 03:49 PM EST | AP


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A tourist from New York has apparently drowned while surfing off a popular beach town in Puerto Rico.

A police statement Sunday has identified the tourist as 23-year-old Dylan Smith, whose body was found floating Sunday morning near his surfboard in waters off Maria's Beach in the western Puerto Rican community of Rincon. The town's beaches attract surfers from across the world.

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

Smith's hometown in New York was not immediately clear.

The U.S. Caribbean territory's police are investigating the death.