An Indiana University football player was in a medically induced coma at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Tuesday after a spring break swimming accident at Siesta Key Beach, according to the athlete’s father.
Isaac Griffith, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman receiver, was drinking alcohol with two Hoosiers teammates and a friend before they went swimming about 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.
A strong current pulled the four away from the shore and Griffith was taken about 15 yards past the swim buoy, where he started to go into distress, deputies said.
The friend pulled Griffith to shore and performed CPR, but he remained unconscious. Griffith had a pulse, but his breathing was “short and sporadic,” the sheriff’s report said.
Griffith’s father, Shannon, wrote on Twitter that he and his wife flew from Fort Wayne, Ind., to be with their son, who was in a medically induced coma. He wrote that his son’s vital signs were stable but that he remained on a ventilator.
“My family needs all the prayers we can for our son Isaac who is in critical condition following a water accident involving a rip current,” Shannon Griffith wrote.
The sheriff’s office said Griffith’s CT scans were normal and “signs are positive.”
Hospital spokeswoman Kim Savage said the family has requested privacy.
“We are aware of Isaac Griffith’s condition. Our prayers are with Isaac and his family and we ask Hoosier Nation to keep the Griffith family in their thoughts,” Indiana University’s athletic department said in a statement.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.