Authorities Say Army Veteran Dies While Paddle Boarding

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In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, U.S. Army veteran Cody Iorns, who lost both arms in a June 2015 motorcycle accident in New York, is pushed by Tursi the dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, U.S. Army veteran Cody Iorns, who lost both arms in a June 2015 motorcycle accident in New York, is pushed by Tursi the dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Fla. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Authorities say a double amputee Army veteran from Washington has died while paddle boarding on the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Natural Resources Police say 25-year-old Cody Iorns died Wednesday evening after going out on the water near Annapolis.

Spokeswoman Candy Thomson tells the Capital Gazette Iorns was a double amputee and Army veteran well-known in the paddle boarding community. He had been profiled by media outlets including National Geographic, which reported he lost his arms in a motorcycle accident, and used prosthetic limbs while on the water.

Thomson says Iorns was paddle-boarding with three other people when one of them saw him face-down in the water. They attempted a rescue, but Iorns was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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