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Andrew Crowley, a UC Berkeley freshman, fell from a second-story fraternity house on Saturday night and remains at Highland Hospital in Oakland in "grim" condition police said. (Courtesy of Richard Ersted/Cal Mens Crew)

BERKELEY -- A Cal freshman who fell while climbing down a drainpipe at a fraternity house Saturday night suffered a severe head injury and remains at Highland Hospital in Oakland, police and UC Berkeley officials said Monday.

Andrew Crowley, a 6-foot-3 member of the UC Berkeley crew team, was found on a path between the Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Kappa Tau fraternities near Channing Way and Piedmont Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Police said foul play was not suspected in the fall.

Crowley was unconscious, had a severe head injury "and a lot of bleeding" when police and paramedics arrived, Berkeley police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.

Police on the scene said Crowley had been drinking and "displayed objective symptoms of alcoholic beverage intoxication," Kusmiss said.

Witnesses told police that Crowley was climbing down a drainpipe on the backside of the three-story Phi Gamma Delta house -- commonly called Fiji -- at 2395 Piedmont Avenue and made it about halfway down when the pipe came loose from the building. Crowley, whose age was not immediately available, fell backward with pieces of the broken pipe, Kusmiss said.

Phi Gamma Delta president John Fitzgerald said that Crowley did not belong to the fraternity, although his older brother, who graduated last year from Cal, was a member. No events were held at the house on Saturday, Fitzgerald said, and most members weren't home at the time. No one knew Crowley had fallen from the home until police arrived, Fitzgerald said.

"We're not sure why he would choose to do that," said Fitzgerald, who added that Crowley hadn't been inside the home on Saturday.

A person who answered the door at the Phi Kappa Tau house declined to comment about the incident Monday.

According to the UC Berkeley crew roster and Crowley's Facebook profile, he is from Lantzville, British Columbia.

His older brother, Spencer, also was on the Cal crew team. Spencer Crowley was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team in 2011, won two silver medals as part of the eight- and the four-man teams for Canada at the Pan American Games at the Canoe & Rowing Course in Ciudad Guzman, Guadalajara, in October.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew and his family as they cope with this unfortunate set of circumstances," UC Berkeley athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement. "He is a young man who is just beginning his college career, with an opportunity to follow in the path of his older brother. ... We are assisting his parents with whatever support we can provide and coordinating with doctors at Highland Hospital and Cal personnel to aid in any way possible. All of us in Cal Athletics wish Andrew a speedy and full recovery."

Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.