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  • 20 February 2014, 3:00

Ex-Navy Seals Found Dead On Maersk Alabama

Two reported former US Navy Seals have been found dead on board the container ship at the centre of the Captain Phillips piracy drama.

Both men, aged 44, were working aboard the MaerskAlabama as security contractors from the Virginia-based Trident Group, according to Seychelles Police.

The men's families have requested their names not be released.

According to police, their bodies were discovered while the ship was docked in Port Victoria, Seychelles, late on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman said: "Their bodies were found in a cabin by a colleague who went to check on (his friend) at around 4.30pm.

"They were part of a ship crew of 24 members who arrived in Port Victoria on Sunday, February 16, and were expecting to leave at 9pm last night.

"A post-mortem will be carried out this week in order to establish the cause of their sudden deaths while the police investigate the possible circumstances which lead to these incidents."

A US State Department official said: "We can confirm that two deceased American citizens were found on the M/V Maersk Alabama, while moored in Seychelles.

"This incident is currently being investigated by the US Coast Guard."

The Trident Group, which employs former special operations personnel to provide shipping and port security, confirmed to Fox News that the two men were former Navy Seals, and that next of kin had been notified.

The Maersk Alabama was made famous during its 2009 hijacking off the coast of Somalia.

The ordeal ended when Navy Seals snipers shot and killed three pirates holding Captain Richard Phillips hostage aboard a lifeboat.

The story inspired the 2013 film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.

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