NFL: Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert helped rescue helicopter crash

Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 2 quarterback Blaine Gabbert helped rescue a helicopter crash involving four people Thursday night in Tampa, according to Tampa police.

Shortly after 5 p.m., a helicopter carrying a pilot and three passengers crashed on approach to Peter O. Knight Airport, police said.

The passengers and the pilot said that after hearing a loud bang, the device lost power, sending them into the water near the Davis Islands Yacht Club. Two personal watercraft arrived within minutes, one being driven by Gabbert, who helped bring the family back to earth.

The pilot and three passengers emerged from the crash safely. Local agencies are working to remove the helicopter from the water.

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