Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert helped rescue household from a helicopter crash by means of jet ski - CNN

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

He and his two brothers, Tyler and Brett, had been jetskiing in Hillsborough Bay, Florida when he pointed out they heard "a faint noise."

"We turned around… and i just be aware trying to the west and seeing – it practically seemed like a crew boat that had damaged up in the water into about four pieces – and that i vaguely remember seeing like two yellow lifejackets," Gabbert said.

as soon as he reached the website, Gabbert referred to he realized that it become a helicopter in the water and anticipated the "worst case scenario."

Tampa police said that the helicopter become making its approach returned to Peter O. Knight Airport when the pilot allegedly heard a loud bang and then lost power.

about 300 feet from the airport's seaside, the pilot carried out an emergency touchdown into the water close the Davis Islands Yacht membership, police pointed out, with all occupants ending up in the water.

"It seemed like they were in misery. We raced over there, the youngest kid had just come up and he stated he was pinned in there and i asked if any individual else was trapped," Gabbert mentioned, recalling later within the press conference that the family have been all visibly shaken up and covered in oil from the crash landing.

"Then I known as 911, tried to remain as calm as feasible…i was just appropriate vicinity, right time. The credit score really goes out to Tampa police branch, the fireplace branch, and the Sheriff's department as a result of they have been there within 5 seconds.

"It turned into relatively unbelievable. I acquired two on my jet ski, my brothers obtained one, the pilot become nevertheless within the water. That changed into for those who guys showed up."

pictures captured via the Tampa Police department, who arrived on the scene presently after Gabbert and his brothers, reveal the jet skis circling the crash site, and the helicopter pilot mountain climbing aboard the police boat.

Gabbert and his brothers piloted their jet skis safely back to the beach, and he changed into made an honorary member of the Tampa Police Marine Patrol after his part in Thursday's rescue.

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