IU football player Isaac Griffith discharged from Fla. hospital

Player was nearly drowned by rip current

INDIANAPOLIS - IU football player Isaac Griffith has been discharged from a Florida hospital and is on his way home after nearly drowning earlier this week, his father said on Twitter Sunday.

"Great day. Isaac has been discharged from #SarasotaMemorial and we have started our journey back to Indiana," Shannon Griffith tweeted on Sunday afternoon. "Kim and I are thankful for everyone who lifted our son up in their prayers, the hospital staff, and Sarasota for helping two strangers in need."

Isaac Griffith was on spring break at Siesta Beach near Sarasota, Fla., on Monday when a rip current swept him and a friend, Mitch McCune, into the Gulf of Mexico.

McMune pulled Griffith back to shore with assistance from two others and then performed CPR on Griffith.

"Those three guys saved his life," Shannon Griffith said.

The doctor who worked on the 19-year-old said two to three more minutes in the water and Griffith would have died.

Griffith tweeted on Sunday that he was "blessed" to have survived the incident.

Doctors said it will be a few more weeks before Griffith overcomes lung issues related to the near-drowning, but that his physical condition helped speed his recovery. Griffith is a wide receiver for Indiana University.
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