The horrible news just emerged that double-amputee Army veteran Cody Iorns was killed in a freak accident earlier in the week. The 25-year-old died in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland on Wednesday.
According to Fox News, Iorns was an avid stand-up paddleboarder. He had overcome several obstacles to begin paddle boarding in the first place, as he had lost both of his arms in a motorcycle accident. Prior to that, he had served in the Army as a field medic.
Iorn’s inspiring story affected many around the country, and he was even featured in National Geographic. When the story was written, he said that he had faced several challenges in paddle boarding and that there was a lot of failure involved, but that it was worth it.
He said, “I know that I feel so much better when I’m out, trying to give something my 100 percent.”
Sadly, he has now passed away while participating in the sport that he loved most. Iorns was reportedly with three others in the water off Tolly Point on Wednesday night. One of the members looked behind them and saw his face down in the water.
Capital SUP Annapolis said, “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.”
Reportedly, Iorns suffered “undetermined medical distress while on the water.” He was also wearing an inflatable life jacket, but it did not inflate as it was supposed to.
The company asked for everyone’s prayers, especially for Iorn’s family, as they navigate this difficult time and tragic loss.
They said, “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.”
Please be praying for Cody’s family and friends, as requested. Share your prayers here! If more information is released on this situation, we will update this article accordingly. In other news to be praying for, the victims of the horrific newsroom shooting were just revealed.