- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Two security officers have been found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama container ship, the same vessel portrayed in the movie “Captain Phillips,” police said Wednesday.

The men, both former Navy SEALs, were found on Tuesday while the ship was moored in the Seychelles, Fox News reported.


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“A postmortem will be carried out this week in order to establish the cause of their sudden deaths while the police investigates the possible circumstances which led to these incidents,” police in the Seychelles said.

The men were apparently part of a 24-member crew that had arrived on Sunday, CNN reported.

“We are monitoring the report involving the two citizens and we offer our condolences to the two families,” said U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Tremper. “An investigator from Coast Guard Activities Europe is engaged in a Coast Guard investigation but due to the nature of the investigation that will be about all that we can provide right now.”

According to the Trident Group, the security firm that employed the men, the families of the two contractors have been notified and requested that their names not be released.