Blaine Gabbert: Buccaneers quarterback helped rescue household from a helicopter crash through jet ski


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert used jet skis to assist rescue the occupants of a helicopter after it crash landed within the water on Thursday, he stated in a press convention on Friday.

He and his two brothers, Tyler and Brett, had been jetskiing in Hillsborough Bay, Florida when he stated they heard “a faint noise.”

“We turned around… and I just remember looking to the west and seeing – it almost looked like a crew boat that had broken up in the water into about four pieces – and I vaguely remember seeing like two yellow lifejackets,” Gabbert stated.

As soon as he reached the location, Gabbert stated he realized that it was a helicopter within the water and anticipated the “worst case scenario.”

Tampa police stated that the helicopter was making its manner again to Peter O. Knight Airport when the pilot allegedly heard a loud bang after which misplaced energy.

Roughly 300 ft from the airport’s seashore, the pilot carried out an emergency touchdown into the water close to the Davis Islands Yacht Membership, police stated, with all occupants ending up within the water.

“It looked like they were in distress. We raced over there, the youngest kid had just come up and he said he was pinned in there and I asked if anyone else was trapped,” Gabbert stated, recalling later within the press convention that the household had been all visibly shaken up and coated in oil from the crash touchdown.

“Then I referred to as 911, tried to stay as calm as attainable…I used to be good place, proper time. The credit score actually goes out to Tampa police division, the fireplace division, and the Sheriff’s division as a result of they had been there inside 5 seconds.

“It was pretty remarkable. I got two on my jet ski, my brothers got one, the pilot was still in the water. That was when you guys showed up.”

Footage captured by the Tampa Police Division, who arrived on the scene shortly after Gabbert and his brothers, present the jet skis circling the crash website, and the helicopter pilot climbing aboard the police boat.

Gabbert and his brothers piloted their jet skis safely again to the seashore, and he was made an honorary member of the Tampa Police Marine Patrol after his half in Thursday’s rescue.