SEALS found dead in cabin

Authorities in the Seychelles have launched an investigation into the sudden death of two security contractors who were members of a team hired to protect the Maersk Alabama from pirates.

According to Maersk Line Ltd (MLL) the bodies of the former Navy SEALS were found in a cabin on board the US-flag containership Tuesday afternoon while the vessel was docked in Port Victoria.

“The relevant authorities were immediately informed, and local law enforcement agencies have started an investigation,” it said in a prepared statement obtained by TradeWinds.

“The cause of the death for both men is part of the ongoing investigation, but it was not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel. The families of the deceased men have been notified, and our thoughts are with them.”

MLL confirmed that the duo was employed by Trident Group, the security firm that was contracted to safeguard the vessel and its crew while working a feeder service that sees the ship transit what the operator described as “high risk areas” along the coast of East Africa.

Initially the companies did not release the names of the deceased but the duo have since been identified by the Associated Press and other mainstream news outlets as Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy. Both were both were 44-year-old American citizens.

The 1,068-teu containership Maersk Alabama (built 1998) made headlines in 2009 when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and later served as the centerpiece of ‘Captain Philips’, a Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Hanks.

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