Army Veteran Double Amputee Drowns in Chesapeake Bay

Cody Iorns, a former combat Army medic, who lost both arms drowned after he fell off his board while paddle boarding on the Chesapeake Bay.

Iorns, 25, went on a downwind run with three friends from Capital SUP yesterday afternoon when winds were gusting up to 25 MPH.

Cody Iorns kayaks with Team River Runner at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Pool

From Capital SUP’s Facebook page:

To our Family, Friends, and fellow Paddlers,

It is with incredible shock and deep sadness that we inform you Cody Iorns passed 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