Injured diver dies, another injured after diving accident off Madeira Beach

Blaise Gamba loved by many
Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 13, 2016
Pinellas County deputies are continuing to investigate what led up to a deadly diving accident.

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 died Sunday morning. William is still recovering in the 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.

"She really was the kind of person who would quietly inspire people to do those kinds of things. She really worked hard to get other young lawyers in the firm to take pro bono cases.  People will remember that about her and I think will now try harder," said Gwynne Young, Blaise Gamba's friend and colleague.