Seychelles police announced Wednesday that two American security officers, identified as Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, were discovered aboard the Maersk Alabama container ship. A police investigation is underway and "A postmortem will be carried out this week in order to establish the cause of their sudden deaths."
Reynolds and Kennedy, both 44, were employed by Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security and training firm. They had boarded the Maersk Alabama on January 29 and, according to Maersk Line senior director Kevin N. Speers, their deaths were "not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel."
Trident Group President and CEO Thomas Rothrauff posted a statement on the company website that announced the loss of its two security contractors and noted "There is no immediate indication as to the cause of death, but the deaths were not caused by operational activity."
The Maersk Alabama was the vessel that inspired the 2013 "Captain Phillips" film starring Tom Hanks. In 2009, the ship was hijacked by Somali pirates off the east coast of Africa.