Two US guards found dead on ship Maersk Alabama in Seychelles

Vessel made famous by its hijacking by Somali pirates in 2009 is scene of a new mystery

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 8:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 8:54pm


Two American security officers have been found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement by Seychelles police.

The two Americans, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, were found dead on Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama, according to the police. The ship was hijacked by pirates in 2009, an event dramatised in the film Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.

The ship was berthed in Port Victoria in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles when the bodies were found.

Police gave no cause of death on Wednesday and said a postmortem had been scheduled.

The US coastguard stated from its headquarters in Washington that it was also investigating the deaths.

The two men worked for US-based Trident Security, according to the Seychelles police statement. Former military personnel frequently provide security on board ships sailing through the waters off Somalia to provide security against pirate attacks.

Trident Security was founded by former US Navy personnel in 2000 and employs former special warfare operators to provide security. Requests to Trident for information about the two men were not immediately answered on Wednesday.

Maersk Line said the deaths were "not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel".

Several crew members who were aboard the ship when it was hijacked in 2009 are suing Maersk Line Waterman Steamship over the attack. The hijacking captured headlines in 2009 and again when the movie, Captain Phillips, was released recently.

The five-day hijacking standoff ended when US Navy personnel aboard the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three of the pirates who were holding Captain Richard Phillips in a lifeboat.