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Indiana WR hospitalized after swimming accident

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm •  Published: March 18, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A friend who rescued Indiana wide receiver Isaac Griffith as he was drowning at a Florida beach said Tuesday he acted on instinct when the pair and two other friends got caught in a rip current.

"Me and Isaac got pulled farther out than everyone else, so we were having trouble," Mitch McCune said in a telephone interview. "He was drowning and I grabbed him and got him to shore. It was tough."

He said once he was able to stand, another friend, wide receiver Ty Smith, helped pull Griffith to shore. McCune wasn't sure how far from shore the rip current had taken them, but said they were out past the buoys.

McCune performed CPR on Siesta Beach until Sarasota County Sheriff's Department officers and emergency units arrived.

Police said Griffith was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where spokeswoman Kim Savage said he remained in a medically induced coma Tuesday evening. His condition was critical but stable, and doctors said he was showing "small, but incremental improvements," she said.

Griffith's parents, Shannon and Kim Griffith were by their son's side and released a statement through the hospital, Savage said.

"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 statement said.

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