Buccaneers backup backmost Blaine Gabbert assisted successful a heroic enactment successful Tampa Bay connected Thursday.
The 33-year-old Super Bowl champion helped rescue 4 radical erstwhile a chopper they were traveling successful crashed into a assemblage of h2o adjacent the Davis Islands Yacht Club successful Tampa, Fla., according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The chopper crashed conscionable aft 5 p.m. erstwhile the pilot, a 33-year-old male, had to marque an exigency landing owed to an motor failure, Tampa Police Department Lt. Daniel College said. A household of 3 — Hunter Hupp, 28, and his parents Lisa, 59, and Wes, 62 — on with the aviator each survived with nary injures.
Within minutes of the crash, 2 pitchy skis arrived — 1 of which was driven by Gabbert, who helped bring the household to land.
Gabbert said helium was riding pitchy skis with his 2 brothers erstwhile helium heard a sound that led them to the clang site.
“I vaguely retrieve proceeding a faint noise, truthful we turned around, near the yacht club…,” Gabbert, who has a location successful the area, told reporters connected Friday. “It astir looked similar a unit vessel successful the h2o that had breached up into astir 4 pieces. I vaguely retrieve seeing 2 yellowish beingness jackets… They looked similar they were successful duress. We raced implicit there.”
In an interrogation with Fox Sports, Hupp recalled the 2 men that helped bring him and his parents to shore. At the clip of the rescue, Hupp said helium and his household didn’t cognize who Gabbert was.
“They slowly brought america backmost to the shore, a sandy formation adjacent the yacht club, and hung retired for a while, were truly nice,” Hupp said. “We exchanged pleasantries upon reaching level ground. They were truly an plus to helping america out, due to the fact that we were the lone ones retired determination for a while. It was a handshake and a hug and ‘Thank you truthful much.’ They went retired for a bully day thrust and conscionable happened to travel upon a stranded chopper family.”
While describing Gabbert, Hupp said, “I deliberation that was the 1 my ma was clinging to” during the rescue.
“My ma said she was hoping to meet Tom Brady while we were down here,” helium said. “I deliberation she came beauteous darn close.”
The Tampa Police Department said successful a merchandise it “is presently coordinating with section and national agencies regarding the probe and eventual betterment of the helicopter.”
“I called 911, tried to stay arsenic calm arsenic possible. It each turned positive. They were healthy, scared, nervous. It was a beauteous crappy concern that turned bully successful the end. It was close place, close clip I guess,” Gabbert said earlier crediting Tampa PD for a speedy response.
“I got 2 connected my pitchy ski, my brothers got 1 and the aviator was inactive successful the h2o erstwhile [police] pulled up… If [authorities] weren’t determination successful the nick of clip it could’ve turned atrocious and I’m gladsome everybody’s healthy.”
Gabbert is successful his 12th NFL play and 4th with the Bucs. He has not played this play arsenic the apical backup to Brady.
The Buccaneers big the Panthers connected Sunday.