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Indiana University football player in coma after Siesta Key water accident

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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:30 am

SARASOTA, Fla. — Indiana University wide receiver Isaac Griffith has been hospitalized in critical condition following a water accident on Siesta Key.

His father Shannon Griffith posted on his Twitter account Tuesday that the redshirt freshman player is in a medically induced coma at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The 19-year-old Isaac was in Sarasota celebrating Spring Break with friends, and according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the young men were drinking Monday evening and decided to go swimming at Siesta Beach.

A report says friend Mitch McCune swam out to rescued him.  When Griffith was brought back to the beach, he had a pulse but was unconscious. McCune performed CPR and 911 was called.

Shannon Griffith wrote that he and his wife had flown from Indiana to be with their son. Griffith says his son's vital signs are stable but that he remains on a ventilator.

"Lifeguards at Siesta Beach were flying double red flags, which means we weren't allowing folks into the water." Sarasota County Lifeguard Manager Scott Montgomery said the conditions were too dangerous for swimming on Monday because of dangerous rip currents.

On Monday, lifeguards had already left for the day when Griffith and his friends went swimming.

ABC 7 reached out to one of Isaac Griffith's buddies who was with him during the accident on Monday. Out of respect for the Griffith Family, he said he didn't want to talk about the incident, in case Isaac's condition doesn't improve.

Isaac Griffith set school records for receptions and touchdowns while playing at Homestead High School near Fort Wayne.

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