Two Americans Found Dead on Captain Phillips Ship

Cause of death unknown for pair who worked as security officers onboard the Maersk Alabama

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U.S.-flagged container ship, Maersk Alabama, sails into the Kenyan coastal sea port of Mombasa, November 22, 2009.

Two American security officers, hired to deter pirates from the Maersk Alabama container ship, have been found dead onboard the vessel, the Seychelles police said Wednesday.

The two former Navy SEALs were discovered Tuesday as the ship moored at the island nation’s capital Port Victoria. A senior director at Maersk said their deaths were not related to the vessel’s operations or their duties as security personnel.

“It’s bizarre,” said Tom Rothrauff, president for Trident Group, the Virginia-based maritime securities services firm the Americans worked for. “Of course, it’s a shock. They’re all great guys. I’m absolutely clueless as to what happened.”

In 2009, Somali pirates attempted to hijack the Maersk Alabama in an incident that inspired the movie Captain Phillips. Later, the ship was equipped with armed personnel, who foiled two subsequent attacks in 2009 and 2011.