Jeffrey Reynolds & Mark Kennedy Found Dead on Captain Phillips Ship

02/19/2014 at 02:00 PM EST

Jeffrey Reynolds & Mark Kennedy Found Dead on Captain Phillips Ship
The Maersk Alabama. Inset: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
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Two American security officers have been found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement on Wednesday by Seychelles police.

Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama, the ship hijacked by pirates in 2009, an event dramatized in the movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, according to a statement issued by police in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles.

The police gave no cause of death but said a post mortem has been scheduled.

The U.S. Coast Guard stated from its headquarters in Washington that it is also investigating the deaths.



The two men worked for U.S.-based Trident Security, according to the Seychelles police statement. Former military personnel frequently provide security on board ships sailing through the waters off Somalia to provide security against pirate attacks.

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