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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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dvogued February 20 2014 at 5:07 PM

Metanol vodka is a reason

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JIM February 20 2014 at 10:39 AM

So if their investigation is not over how do they know it was not related to their duty as security personnel. Maybe they saw someone loading something on the ship that should not be there, like illegal drugs or such, and were killed for it. Hard to know when we are not given the full story, and of course it is not a nice part of the world out there.

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LWILSON February 20 2014 at 9:59 PM

What a twist. How sad.

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alydartwo February 20 2014 at 8:45 PM


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PAPPY February 20 2014 at 10:08 AM

Some STRANGE STUFF going on here!

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MICHAEL February 20 2014 at 1:28 PM

does not sound like an acc. to me. sounds like the security people need security people.

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m.lombard1 February 20 2014 at 5:17 PM

The ship was made famous when the Somali terrorists tried to hijack the ship, has nothing to do with Tom Hanks he was just re-enacting the incident. and HP who cares about Hanks, why dont you find out what happened to the 2 CIA agents that were murdered.

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dirtshirt2 m.lombard1 February 20 2014 at 7:00 PM

They were not CIA, and who said they were murdered?

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Rich m.lombard1 February 20 2014 at 7:34 PM

So before the movie came out, you remembered the name of the ship and it's captain and what happened onboard? I remember that "A" ship was hijacked and the crew was saved. But the movie made it famous!

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maculacada Rich February 20 2014 at 9:21 PM

The crew ran the hijackers off of the ship, the crew saved themselves and the ship. The captain was saved by the navy after going on the lifeboat to show the hijackers how to drive the lifeboat. The crew argued with the captain not to go in the lifeboat but the captain, who caused the incident by being 235 miles from the coast instead of 600 miles as he was instructed, wanted to go off to be tortured. This also has nothing to do with the two dead CIA agents.

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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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northerngulfinc February 20 2014 at 2:34 PM

Sad to hear...

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