IU receiver hospitalized after swimming accident

Griffith injured in Fla. spring break accident

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University wide receiver Isaac Griffith is hospitalized in Florida following a swimming accident.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department says Griffith was drinking with two fellow IU football players and a friend before they went swimming Monday. Police say the current carried them out from shore and Griffith went under. The friend rescued him but he remained unconscious and was taken to the hospital.

Griffith was last reported to be in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Kim Savage says the family has requested privacy. A police report says Griffith's CT scans were normal and spokeswoman Wendy Rose says Griffith's "signs are positive."

The 19-year-old played at Homestead High School near Fort Wayne. His father Shannon Griffith is a football coach at Manchester University in northeastern Indiana.

His parents flew to Florida on Monday night to be at their son’s bedside. His father has been posting updates on Twitter.

"My wife, Kim, and I have been at Isaac's bedside since 2 AM we are encouraged with his progress in ICU but we have small battles to face and are asking for your thoughts and prayers," Shannon Griffith said.

Griffith's parents released an additional statement Tuesday evening:

"We deeply appreciate the prayers and outpouring of support coming to us through tweets, calls and messages, both from Florida and Indiana. We are seeing positive signs throughout the day and winning small battles that give us hope."

The Indiana athletic department released a statement asking for prayers for Griffith.

"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."

Indy Parks and Recreation aquatic expert Rich Irish said it is important to know how to get out of a rip current before ever getting in the water.

"You need to swim parallel to the shore. If you try to fight to get back to where you entered the water, that's probably the biggest mistake you can make because you'll become exhausted and then you'll go down,” Irish said. "So swim parallel to the shore and eventually you will get out of the effects of that underwater current that's going on."

Experts said 80 percent of ocean lifeguard rescues are from rip currents. Lifeguards said swimmers -- especially spring breakers -- often underestimate the power of riptides.

Parents who are interested in swim lessons for their children before summer can register at all Indy Parks locations starting April 21. The YMCA offers swim lessons too.

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