Friend rescues Indiana football player from rip current

Siesta Key, Florida - An Indiana University football player is in the hospital after a swimming incident late Monday afternoon.

19-year-old Isaac Griffith was pulled under by a rip current on Siesta key around 6 p.m.

His family -- along with Indiana football coaches -- all rushed to Sarasota to be by his side. They say it was thanks to one of his buddies, that Isaac is still alive.

That friend, Mitchell McCune, says a spring break trip with Isaac and two others turned from fun to fear within minutes.

"We were throwing the football around and decided to get into the water. Rip currents were really bad." he explains.

McCune says it was then that he noticed Griffith going under.

"I put him on my knee and kept popping him up."

McCune was able to drag Griffith ashore and immediately he began CPR.

"Without the training, Isaac wouldn't be where he was today," says McCune.

Although it was only 6 o' clock and the sun was still out, McCune says there were no lifeguards on duty.

"It makes you think that is something we could've prevented," says Lt. Scott Ruberg.

Ruberg, a Sarasota County lifeguard, says that even though beaches are packed, they only work from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

"We extend hours in summer time and work 'til 7," he says.

But even Ruberg admits they could've prevented Griffith's incident from happening.

"Every beach town is getting more populated, so maybe that's something we look at in time," says Lt. Ruberg.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System released statement on behalf of Griffith's family Tuesday night saying Issac is in a medically induced coma in Sarasota Memorial's Critical Care Unit. His condition is critical but stable and doctors say he is showing small, but incremental improvements.

"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 family says it will provide periodic updates on social media and around 11 p.m. Tuesday, Isaac's father Shannon Griffith posted this update on his son's condition:


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