IU football player remains in coma after Florida swimming accident

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SARASOTA, Fla. (March 19, 2014) – An Indiana University football player who was hurt in a swimming accident continues to fight for his life in a Florida hospital.

Isaac Griffith was swimming with friends at Siesta Beach when a rip current pulled him into deep water Monday night.

According to Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, a friend acted quickly to save Griffith and pulled him to shore. That friend also performed CPR.

The Herald-Tribune reported that Griffith and his friends went into the water despite severe storms and red flags that warned of dangerous waters.

According to an update from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System sent last night, Griffith remains in a medically induced coma at Sarasota Memorial’s Critical Care Unit. He’s in critical but stable condition, and doctors said he’s showing incremental improvements.

Griffith’s parents also released the following statement:

“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.”

Griffith’s father, the head football coach at Manchester College, also tweeted the following updates:

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