An Army veteran and double amputee died Wednesday while paddle boarding in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Md., authorities said.
The man was identified as Cody Iorns, 25, of Washington D.C. He was paddle boarding in the water off Tolly Point Wednesday evening, Fox News reports.
Cody Iorns, a 25-tear-old double amputee Army veteran, died Wednesday while paddle boarding in Maryland, authorities said. (Instagram)
Natural Resources Police said Cody Iorns, 25, of Washington D.C. was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center after attempts to resuscitate him failed.
“We are at a loss for words,” Capital SUP Annapolis, a paddle boarding business, wrote on Facebook. “He was our brother. He was an inspiration to everyone on and off the water.”
To our Family, Friends, and fellow Paddlers,
It is with incredible shock and deep sadness that we inform you Cody Iornspassed away this evening. He went out for a downwind paddle with fellow Capital SUP paddlers and unexpectedly drowned. CPR was performed by the paddlers and emergency medical responders but we were unable to save his life. We are still processing how it happened. Please pray for Cody’s family. We are at a loss for words. He was our brother. He was an inspiration to everyone on and off the water.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources will have an official press release sometime today. We wanted you to hear the news from us first. Please respect our privacy and give us some time to mourn the loss of our brother.
We love you, Cody. May you rest in peace.
Brian, Kevin, & Chris
Spokeswoman Candy Thomson said Iorns was part of a group of four paddle boarders who were on the water off Tolly Point around 6:30 p.m. One of the people in the group saw Iorns face down in the water behind them and they attempted to rescue him and bring him to shore, Thomson said.
Rathgeb said Iorns was wearing an inflatable life jacket, but the device did not inflate.
Iorns was profiled by National Geographic last year, which described him as a competitive paddle boarder who’d lost his arms in a motorcycle accident.
In the piece, the publication said he was a former Army medic who trained and competed with Capital SUP’s “Water Warriors” program for veterans.
In an interview, Iorns described the challenges of paddle boarding while being an amputee, saying “whenever I paddle board, it’s a team sport because someone is getting my board, someone’s helping me with my arms, so that’s my team.”
“80 percent of my goal is accomplished by making it to the race,” he said. Capital Gazette
Combat Medic Prayer
Oh, Lord I ask for your divine
strength to meet the demands of
my profession. Help me to be the
finest medic, both technically and
If I am called to the
battlefield, give me the courage to
conserve our fighting forces by
providing medical care to all who
are in need.
If I am called to a
mission of peace, give me the
strength to lead by caring for
those who need my assistance.
Finally, Lord help me to take care
of my own spiritual, physical, and
Teach me to trust in your
presence and never-failing love.
UPDATE 6/28/2018: We at National Geographic are deeply saddened to receive the news that Cody passed away this week. His inspiring story moved all of us greatly and our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.Losing both arms hasn't stopped former Army medic Cody Iorns from pushing the boundaries of stand up paddleboarding—"I'm a very competitive person," he says.
Posted by National Geographic Adventure on Saturday, November 11, 2017
Rest easy Brother, you served your Nation, your brothers and then were an inspiration to the community and you showed Army Strong to the end. Till Valhalla brother
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.