06/19/2009 AT 08:55 AM EDT
In what sounds like the plotline of a romantic comedy, a Massachusetts woman fished Tom Brady
out of the water.
The breathtaking rescue operation took place after the New England Patriots quarterback and his wife, Gisele Bündchen
, went kayaking in the Charles River – and Brady fell in.
To save the day: local schoolteacher Robin Leeds.
"We were tying up our boat to a buoy and the boat boy came over and said, 'You are never going to guess who is on the Charles renting kayaks right now … Do you want to go check it out?' " Leeds told Boston's Channel 7 News
. "I said, 'Yeah.' "
While stargazing in a motorboat, Leeds saw that Brady was missing from his kayak – and in the water. So she pulled him into her boat.
"I actually asked him why he fell in. He said he was racing one of his friends," said Leeds, who found Brady "really friendly, really appreciative that we fished him out of the Charles."
All in all, a memorable moment. Afterward, Leeds said, "I talked with Gisele. We talked about how beautiful the weather it was." And she asked Brady if he would pose for a photo with her.
"Of course," she said he replied, also telling her, "you saved my life."