Saturday afternoon, Blaise Gamba and her husband William were about five miles off the coast of Madeira Beach. Her husband made a distress call to a passing boater, who stopped and radioed for help.
William performed CPR on his wife, while waiting for marine deputies and paramedics to arrive. Shortly after they got on scene, William passed out. The couple was taken to a nearby hospital.
Blaise Gamba was a well-known attorney in Tampa Bay, specializing in business law at the Carlton Fields firm. She started working there 14 years ago while in college and was inspired to attend law school.
Colleagues say Blaise was full of joy and loved the outdoors. They tell us she was kind and thoughtful in her work, and toward others. That led her to seek a lot of pro-bono cases, volunteering time with Bay Area Legal Services, the Election Protection Program, and serving on her firm's pro-bono committee, encouraging others to lend their expertise to those who couldn't afford an attorney.