Respiratory failure named as cause in deaths of 2 US SEALs
The Maersk Alabama is pushed into position by a tugboat as the ship docks in Mombasa harbour, Kenya Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. Guards aboard the Maersk Alabama used guns and a sound blaster Wednesday to repel the second pirate attack in seven months on the U.S. vessel at a time when ships are increasingly hiring armed security teams to thwart hijackings.(AP Photo/Str)
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2009 file photo, crew members work aboard the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama after the ship docked in the harbour of Mombasa, in Kenya. Police in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 that two American security officers 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. (AP Photo, File)
(FILES) In this file picture taken on April 11, 2009 US merchant ship the Maersk Alabama prepares to berth in the Kenyan coastal city port of Mombasa. Richard Phillips, the US merchant captain seized by Somali pirates and held hostage in the Indian Ocean for five days, has been freed, CNN reported on April 12, 2009 citing US officials. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Police on the island nation of Seychelles say that two former U.S. Navy SEALs found dead aboard the ship Maersk Alabama died of respiratory failure and were suspected to have had heart attacks, possibly from drug use.
The police said Monday that a syringe and traces of heroin were found in their cabin. Police said samples are being sent to Mauritius for analysis to establish if the men had consumed "a substance" that could have caused the health failures.
The ship the men worked on, the Maersk Alabama, was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips."
Officials named the two men as Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, and Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44. They worked for the Virginia Beach, Virginia-based maritime security firm The Trident Group.