January 30, 2023

Pirates QB Blaine Gabbert helps save helicopter crash victims: NPR

Blaine Gabbert of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepares before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Blaine Gabbert of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepares before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert, often in the background as a backup to Tom Brady, is gaining national attention for helping rescue four people in the water after a helicopter crash in Florida.

Gabert said Press Conference Friday. He and his brothers turned around and saw what appeared to be “a crew boat in the water that broke into four pieces.” Two yellow life jackets.

It was actually a crashed helicopter. It was carrying a pilot and three passengers – a mother and father in their 60s, and their son, about Gabert’s age, he said. The pilot made an emergency landing in the waters near the yacht club in the Davis Islands after the helicopter lost power, according to the Davis newspaper. Tampa Police Department.

“It looked like they were being pushed,” Gabber said. “We raced there.”

The 33-year-old said he gave passengers instructions on how to inflate life jackets based on his own experience on the water and got them to board the jet ski as quickly as possible. He managed to get two passengers on board his jet ski, while his brothers took care of another.

“It was cold in the water yesterday, so you didn’t want to be in the water for too long,” Gabert added.

He said the pilot was still in the water when first responders arrived seconds later.

“I was in the right place, at the right time,” he said. “The credit really goes to the Tampa Fire Department, and the sheriff’s department, because they were there in five seconds. It was pretty amazing.”

Jabir He said The passengers were covered in oil and visibly shaken, but he was thankful he was able to get the passengers to safety.

Tampa’s interim chief of police, Lee Berkaw, said he was giving Jabber a special honor.

“All the work you’ve done there, there’s no reason why we can’t make you an honorary member of our Naval Patrol,” he said at the news conference.

Pirates coach Todd Bowles showered Gabbert With regards For his heroic actions: “At any time you can find a man to drop everything and go help another person they don’t even know without thinking about it and take his life into their own hands and help another person save his life, that says a lot about a man, and Blaine did it.”