REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES (WAVY) – Two former Navy SEALS working as U.S. security officers were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama Tuesday.
Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44-years-old, were found in Kennedy’s cabin around 4:30 p.m. by a colleague who went to check on him, according to a Seychelles Police Force report. When the men were discovered, the container ship was docked in Port Victoria, a remote area of the Indian Ocean.
The men worked for Trident Security Firm USA, which is based in Virginia Beach. Reynolds and Kennedy were part of a 24-member crew that arrived in Port Victoria on Sunday and was expecting to leave at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
WAVY.com went by Trident’s office of Centerville Turnpike Wednesday, but our request for an interview was denied. However, Trident’s president, Tom Rothrauff, told CNN the two former Navy SEALS were subcontractors for him, working on the ship. Rothrauff said there are no gunshot wounds or signs of foul play.
“It’s bizarre, of course it’s a shock, they’re all great guys … I’m absolutely clueless as to what happened,” Rothrauff told CNN.
According to a spokesperson for Maersk Lines limited, the deaths were not related to vessel operations or the men’s duties as security personnel. Police in the Seychelles said a postmortem will be performed this week to determine the cause of their “sudden deaths,” as police investigate the circumstances.
The Maersk Alabama was recently featured in the movie “Captain Phillips,” which was based on the story of the ship’s hijacking by pirates off the coast of Somalia in 2009.