Army veteran dies while paddle boarding on Chesapeake Bay

Kaylah Jackson
June 28, 2018 - 8:24 am

Photo courtesy of WJLA-ABC7

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Cody Iorns, an Army veteran and double amputee died while paddle boarding in Annapolis, Maryland, Wednesday evening.

According to WJLA, 25-year-old Iorns served as a field medic before losing both of his arms in a motorcycle accident in 2016 near Ft. Drum. Just last year, Iorns was featured as a "Rising Star" for his determination to stay involved with sports and the community following his injuries.

Iorns was one of four paddle boarders who went out around 6:00 pm in Tolly Point where the Severn River meets the Chesapeake Bay. The group mentioned they would return within the next hour.

Around 6:30 pm three of the paddlers noticed Iorns behind them face down in the water. Two of the paddlers turned around to help Iorns, activating his life jacket and performing CPR. Another individual paddled ahead for emergency help.

After being brought ashore, Iorns was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The Maryland Natural Resource Police says an investigation is currently underway.

Iorns was an avid participant of Capital Sup's Water Warriors program, an adaptive training program for physical and mentally disabled veterans. The Wai Koa program as it's more commonly known, trains veterans in different types of paddling and encourages them to compete in races as a part of the Capital Sup team.

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