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Two Americans found dead on Maersk Alabama, 'Captain Phillips' ship

Two Security Officers Found Dead on 'Captain Phillips' Ship

(Reuters) - Two American security workers have been found dead on the Maersk Alabama, a ship made famous by the Hollywood movie "Captain Phillips" in 2013, an oil and shipping group said on Wednesday.

A.P. Moller-Maersk said in a statement that the two men were found dead in a cabin on board the vessel in the afternoon of February 18 in Port of Victoria in the Seychelles.

The Maersk Alabama was targeted by Somali pirates in an attempted hijacking off the east coast of Africa in 2009. The 2013 film "Captain Phillips" is based on the incident.

Maersk gave no details about how the two men had died.

"The cause of the death for both men is part of the ongoing investigation, but it was not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel," its statement said.

Local law enforcement agencies were investigating the deaths on the Maersk Alabama, which berthed in Port of Victoria around midday on February 17. The security contractors had boarded the vessel on January 29, Maersk said.

Maersk Alabama is part of a U.S.-flagged fleet controlled by Maersk Line Limited, a unit in A.P. Moller-Maersk, which performs military, government and humanitarian missions by transporting cargo on its container, tanker and multi-purpose ships, according to the company's website.

Maersk's statement said Maersk Line Limited contracts vessel security services to Trident Group in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard security directives. Contracted security is part of anti-piracy protection plans to safeguard crews and vessels.

It said the Maersk Alabama is persistently in high-risk areas since it provides feeder service - calling at smaller ports to collect containers that are later loaded on bigger container vessels - to the east coast of Africa.

"Captain Phillips", directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi, is based on the attack on the Maersk Alabama in 2009, when Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates led by Abduwali Muse in the Indian Ocean.

(Reporting by Ole Mikkelsen; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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patriotpix February 20 2014 at 11:13 PM

The two men killed were actually Navy Seals ... So how many of that elite force have we lost under this administration? Do your own research on the subject matter and you'll be asking yourself ... what the hell is going on here?

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LWILSON February 20 2014 at 9:59 PM

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defensearms February 20 2014 at 9:27 PM

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daphnex2 February 20 2014 at 8:18 PM

I want to know what really happened. This story need a clear explanation.

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xanadutu February 21 2014 at 12:15 AM

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Marcie February 20 2014 at 7:30 PM

People obsessed with entertainment and pop culture are beginning to lose touch with reality, it appears. The story here is 2 dead guys, NOT a movie, who was in it and what it was about.

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