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Cody Iorns was not one who had quarreled.
The Army paramedian lost his arms after a motorcycle accident in 2015, but with prosthetics, he turned to the water, especially in stand-paddleboarding.
The dogged athlete was mentioned in several messages that made his ascent out of necessity, and he became known in the local water sports scene.
Iorns died on Wednesday night after he had emigrated to Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay of Annapolis, MD. CSN Thomson
He was 25 years old
The office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maryland told NPR that the cause was a chance drowning.
Iorns set off at 6pm Wednesday with three other paddlers, Thomson said. The plan was to start from Thomas Point toward Spa Creek, about five miles away, and return to shore about an hour and a half later.
As a precaution, someone from the Maryland Natural Resources Police group sent a message with their route, Thomson said.
But the conditions were rocky.
"We had a huge flood because of the full moon," said Thomson, "we had four to five feet waves."
Winds "I crashed up to 25 miles per hour, and somehow Iorns got behind the group and in the water.
" They suddenly looked back and noticed that Cody had fallen from his paddle board and facedown Was lying in the water, "said Thomson.
His life jacket did not inflate, Thomson said, and the other paddlers were quick to act.
" They pulled him back on his board and made CPR while she took him to Shore withdrew, "Thomson said
Iorns was taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Despite the rou" The conditions were so good that the paddlers did "everything in the right setting," said Thomson.
"Those were experienced paddlers," said Thomson, especially Iorns. "He was in good shape, he felt comfortable around the water, he was known in our paddleboard community."
Capital SUP Annapolis, a paddleboard company, wrote a message to Facebook that Iorns "unexpectedly drowned" was his colleague at Capital SUP.
"We're still processing how it happened," the Post said. "Please pray for Cody's family, we have no words left, he was our brother, he was an inspiration to everyone on and off the water."
Last year, Iorns talked with WJLA TV News about the motorcycle accident that changed his life.
"My left arm was just gone," said Iorns. His right arm was severely broken and after an infection, he lost it too.
Iorns, a former army specialist who served as a military doctor, told WJLA that it would have been easy to lie in bed.
"You have to step out of your comfort zone," he said.
"I know I feel a lot better when I'm out and trying to give something 100%," Iorns told National Geographic Adventure, who showed him at a paddleboard race last year.
National Geographic said Iorns was the only adaptive paddler in the 9-mile long Wrightsville, NC, Surf to Sound race.
He finished 28.
"80 percent of my goal is achieved by making it race," he said. "It's the race, it's like the icing on the cake."
"Standup paddleboarding has failed a lot, a lot of work, finding out a lot that does not work the hard way," he said.
Still, he said that's what he wanted to do the most.
An investigation into what happened on the water on Wednesday night continues, Thomson said.
"They stuck to the rules and something happened and that hits you hard because it's so unfair," Thomson said.