Andrea Swalec

Amputee Army Vet Dies Paddle Boarding Near Annapolis

"We are still processing how it happened"

An Army veteran who was a double amputee died after paddle boarding in the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday night, officials say.

Cody Iorns, a D.C. resident, died Wednesday after going out on the water near Annapolis, Maryland Natural Resources Police said. He was 25.

Spokeswoman Candy Thomson told the Capital Gazette that Iorns was a double amputee and Army veteran well-known in the paddle boarding community.

Thomson said Iorns went out on the water about 6:30 p.m. with three other people. She said one person in the group saw him face-down in the water, and the group attempted to rescue him. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

"We are still processing how it happened," the group Capital SUP Annapolis said on their Facebook page. Members of the group tried save him.

Iorns had been profiled by media outlets including National Geographic, which reported he lost his arms in a motorcycle accident. He paddle boarded using prosthetic limbs.

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