Teen pulled under by a rip current awake and breathing on his own

Siesta Key, Florida - An Indiana University football player is awake and breathing on his own 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. No lifeguards were on duty at the time, but Griffith's friend, Mitchell McCune, was able to pull him out of the water and perform CPR.

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Sarasota Memorial Health Care System released statement on behalf of Griffith's family stating that his condition has been upgraded to serious, but stable and believe he will make a full recovery.

They are continuing to monitor him for pneumonia and damage to his lungs. He has been heavily sedated since the accident and will likely remain in the Sarasota Memorial Critical Care unit for the next 24 hours.

His family issued the following statement:

"This is everything we hoped and prayed for," said Isaac's father Shannon Griffith, who along with his wife Kim have been at their son's bedside since shortly after the accident. "We appreciate all the prayers and kind words we received from friends and followers on Twitter over the past few days - and we are extremely grateful for the caregivers here at Sarasota Memorial. Not only Isaac's doctor, but also the nurses, respiratory therapists and other staff. They took our family under their wings, knowing a big part of our support system was up north, and helped us through this whole experience. We are so very grateful for everything."


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