Indiana Hoosiers redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaac Griffith is in critical condition after a near-death experience while swimming at Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, FL.
According to Zach Osterman of USA Today Sports, Griffith went swimming with fellow teammates Ty Smith and Nick Stoner, off Siesta Key Beach on Monday. According to the report citing the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol had been consumed. A strong current pulled Griffith about 15 feet past the buoy when he “started to go into distress.”
One of the young men swimming with him pulled him ashore and performed CPR while emergency officials were on their way. Once ashore, Griffith was unconscious but had a pulse and his breathing was described as “short and sporadic.” He was transported to a local hospital and the CAT scan results “came back normal” according to the Sheriff’s office.
Griffith remains in a medically-induced coma and his father described his son’s condition as “stable but still critical at this point,” according to the report. The redshirt freshman had 37 touchdown catches in high school and became an All-State player as a senior.
Those on social media have showed their support for the Griffith family on Twitter.
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