NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert, apparently along with his brothers helped with the rescue a family on Thursday who crashed into the water from a helicopter using their jet skis to get the family to safety.
According to Gabbert, who currently serves as a backup for future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he and his brothers were casually cruising Thursday on Hillsborough Bay near Tampa when they heard a “faint noise.” and rushed to investigate.
“I just remember looking west and seeing it almost looked like a crew boat in the water that was broken into about four pieces and I vaguely remember seeing two yellow life jackets, so I thought : ‘Okay, we gotta watch this,'” Gabbert said.
When they arrived, they found a family forced to make a crash landing in a helicopter that quickly sank in the water.
“The youngest kid had just come up and said he was pinched in there and I asked if anyone else was pinched and then I called 911 and tried to stay as calm as possible,” Gabbert said at a news conference Friday.
Gabbert said he was able to lift two people out of the water onto his jet ski and then help a third onto his brother’s jet ski. A fourth family member was then rescued by local authorities, who Gabbert credited with arriving with incredible speed.
While Gabbert tried to downplay any personal heroism during the press conference by saying that the rescue was mostly about being “in the right place at the right time,” Tampa Police Officer Dan Spears said that Gabbert and his brothers “actually almost finished the rescue” when he first arrived at the scene, and credited the brothers for being “very calm — great work … One of the most dangerous circumstances on an airplane is a water landing just because a helicopter turned over, and trying to escape from it and not get caught up in it, so it was a very amazing fact that everyone came out.
The Tampa Police Department honored Gabbert by making him an honorary member of their Marine unit on Friday.
The family were all safely rescued and have yet to comment to local media.
Gabbert has been with the Bucs since 2019. Before that, he was a regular for the Jacksonville Jaguars for several years.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/nfl-quarterback-reportedly-rescues-family-involved-in-helicopter-crash-on-his-jet-ski The NFL quarterback reportedly rescues a family involved in a helicopter crash on his jet ski