Griffith rescued by friend after getting caught in rip current

Isaac Griffith in 2013 signing his letter of intent to play football at Indiana University.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A sheriff’s report has provided details of an incident that has left former Homestead High School football standout and current Indiana University receiver Isaac Griffith in critical condition at a Florida hospital.

According to the report from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department, Griffith, 19, and three friends had been drinking alcohol on Monday in a hotel room. Early in the evening, the four decided to go to Siesta Beach where they went swimming.  While in the water, the current started to take them away from shore. Griffith was taken about 15 yards past the swim buoy and he apparently began to panic.

One of the friends, Mitch McCune, 19, of Ellettsville, Indiana was able to bring Griffith safely back to shore.

Once on shore, McCune started to perform CPR, as Griffith’s breathing was short and sporadic, however he did have a pulse.  Once police and rescue crews arrived, Griffith was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.  The police report indicated that CAT scan results came back normal.

The two other friends, Ty Smith, 19, of Bloomington, Indiana and Nick Stoner, 21, of Greenwood, Indiana are listed as players on the Indiana University football roster.  The police report listed McCune as a cook at the Malibu Grill in Bloomington.

Shannon Griffith (@MUCoachGriff), Isaac’s father and head football coach at Manchester University began tweeting about his son at around 11 p.m. Monday evening.

“My family needs all the prayers we can for our son Isaac,” Shannon Griffith tweeted. “He is stable but still critical at this point in a medically induced coma to allow his lungs to heal other vitals are positive at this time.”

Shannon Griffith tweeted again Tuesday morning and said he and his wife Kim have been at Isaac’s bedside since 2 a.m. He said Isaac is currently on a ventilator to help his lungs heal. Shannon Griffith said he and his wife are encouraged by Isaac’s progress in an intensive care unit but their are still small battles to face.

Griffith didn’t elaborate further on Isaac’s injuries.

A record-setting receiver at Homestead, Griffith redshirted this past season at Indiana – his first with the Hoosiers.

The I.U. athletic department released a statement Monday night:

“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.”




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