REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES (WAVY) – The Seychelles Police Force, which is investigating the deaths of two former Navy SEALs on board the Maersk Alabama Tuesday, reportedly found traces of drugs in their room.
Maersk Line, Limited acknowledges the police report states the presence of drugs and paraphernalia was in the room where the two security contractors were found dead.
Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44-years-old, were found by a colleague.
The Maersk Line says despite the fact it believes this was an isolated event, the company has initiated a thorough review. The company issued this statement: “We are working with the Trident Group to ensure the security personnel on Maersk Line, Limited vessels adhere to Maersk’s zero tolerance policy on the use of drugs and alcohol. Our foremost concern is safety at sea, and this policy is in place for all persons aboard Maersk vessels.”
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.
Maersk Line, Limited contracts vessel security services to the Trident Group.
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.