June 12, 2009 by  
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Tony Villela, 32, a Brazilian surfer and craftsman gave his life to save two inexperienced surfers drowning in the waters of Guaruja, Brazil.

Tony who was also known as “Tony of the small Craft’s Market”, was born and raised in Guaruja.  When seeing four inexperienced surfers fighting against the currents in the ocean, Tony jumped in the water with his surfboard.  He was able to save two while the other two managed to come out of the water on their own.  After saving the surfers, Tony exhausted and with a cronic bad back, lost his surfboard, and was pulled away by the currents towards the rocks.

While lifeguards tried to swin to him, and firefigthers in helicopters tried getting to him, he came up for the last time stretching his arm up towards the helicopter before being thrown against the rocks and dissapearing in the water.  It took the authorities 3 days to find Tony’s body.

Tony left behind an 11 year old daughter, Jennifer Cardoso dos Reis Villela, who continues to surf as a homage to her father who had taught her how to practcise the sport and love the ocean.

Friends of Tony were not surprised by the man’s heroic act.  “He died to save others. This shows the way he had always lived his life; in service” said Taiu Bueno.

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