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Two ex-Navy SEALS protecting Captain Philips ship found dead ‘after apparent heroin overdose’

Mystery deaths: Two former Navy SEALS have died aboard the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday as it was docked in the SeychellesDaily Mail – by James Nye

Two American security workers have been found dead after an apparent heroin overdose in the same cabin on the Maersk Alabama, the ship made famous by the Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips in 2013.

Seychelles police identified them on Thursday as Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy – both former Navy SEALs. The men, both 44, were found dead on Tuesday.  

Officials say they found needles and heroin inside cabin where the two ex-special forces soldiers were bunking.

According to CNN a government official, who spoke on condition of not being identified, said the presence of drug traces and paraphernalia ‘would suggest that their deaths were a result of drug overdose.’

Drug overdose: Jeffrey Reynolds, 44, (left) was one of two men found dead inside a cabin aboard the notorious Maersk Alabama surrounded by heroin and needles
Drug overdose: Jeffrey Reynolds, 44, (left) was one of two men found dead inside a cabin aboard the notorious Maersk Alabama surrounded by heroin and needles

Drug overdose: Jeffrey Reynolds, 44, (left) was one of two men found dead inside a cabin aboard the notorious Maersk Alabama surrounded by heroin and needles

Special forces: Mark Kennedy, 44, was a member of the US Navy SEALS and is seen here exhibiting his marksmanship skills

Special forces: Mark Kennedy, 44, was a member of the US Navy SEALS and is seen here exhibiting his marksmanship skills

Family: This is Mark Kennedy and his wife Julia with their son - at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Family: This is Mark Kennedy and his wife Julia with their son – at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mark Reynolds (pictured with his wife, Julia) and Kennedy worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm. The company's president, Tom Rothrauff, said the men were former Navy SEALs

Mark Reynolds (pictured with his wife, Julia) and Kennedy worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm. The company’s president, Tom Rothrauff, said the men were former Navy SEALs

Work: Mark Kennedy was employed by Trident Group onboard the ship, which had been hijacked by pirates in 2009 and later dramatised on screen

Work: Mark Kennedy was employed by Trident Group onboard the ship, which had been hijacked by pirates in 2009 and later dramatised on screen

Shipping firm, A.P. Moller-Maersk confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the two men were found dead on board the vessel in the afternoon of February 18 in Port of Victoria.

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.

In their statement 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’.

However, officials later revealed that drugs are believed to have played a part.

Earlier on Thursday, police spokesman Jean Toussaint, noted that officials were awaiting autopsies and said, ‘As far as I know there is no evidence of physical trauma’ on either man’s body.

The Maersk Alabama has since left Port Victoria, the Seychelles capital, said Kevin Speers, a senior director for Maersk to CNN on Thursday.

Mystery deaths: Two former Navy SEALS have died aboard the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday as it was docked in the Seychelles

Mystery deaths: Two former Navy SEALS have died aboard the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday as it was docked in the Seychelles

Real life: Captain Richard Phillips, (right), master of the cargo ship Maersk-Alabama, who had been captured by pirates, stands alongside United States Navy Commander Frank Castellano, commanding officer of USS Bainbridge after being rescued by U.S Naval Forces off the coast of Somalia in 2009

Real life: Captain Richard Phillips, (right), master of the cargo ship Maersk-Alabama, who had been captured by pirates, stands alongside United States Navy Commander Frank Castellano, commanding officer of USS Bainbridge after being rescued by U.S Naval Forces off the coast of Somalia in 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard has said it also is investigating the deaths.

Reynolds and Kennedy worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm. The company’s president, Tom Rothrauff, confirmed to CNN the men were former Navy SEALs.

‘It’s bizarre. Of course, it’s a shock. They’re all great guys,’ Rothrauff said. ‘I’m absolutely clueless as to what happened.’

Mark Kennedy is married to Julia and has a son and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Kevin N. Speers, a senior director for Maersk Line, said in a statement their deaths were ‘not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel.’

The Maersk Alabama is a Norfolk, Va.-based container ship that provides feeder service to the east coast of Africa and employs security contractors to provide anti-piracy services.

The two men who were found dead worked for a Virginia Beach, Va.-based maritime security firm, The Trident Group.

On Thursday, the Navy confirmed that Kennedy belonged to the SEALs, an elite unit of the military’s special operations forces who are sometimes called upon to combat piracy.

Hit movie: Tom Hanks in his starring role as Captain Philips in the 2013 Paul Greengrass movie which dramatized the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 by Somalian pirates

Hit movie: Tom Hanks in his starring role as Captain Philips in the 2013 Paul Greengrass movie which dramatized the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 by Somalian pirates

Famous in film: 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

Famous in film: 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

In 2009, Navy SEALs aboard the USS Bainbridge shot and killed three of the pirates who were holding Captain Richard Phillips in a lifeboat, bringing the five-day hijacking standoff involving the Maersk Alabama to an end.

The Captain Phillips movie starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Richard Phillips was released last year.

Kennedy, whose home of record with the Navy was Baton Rouge, Louisiana enlisted in 1995 and completed his final tour of duty in 2008, according to a summary of his record, sent in an email by Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauryn Dempsey.

Kennedy was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team, according to the record. Virginia Beach serves as the home of the Navy’s East Coast SEAL teams.

Former military personnel frequently provide security on board ships sailing through the waters off Somalia to provide security against pirate attacks. Kennedy and Reynolds boarded the ship Jan. 29, Speers said.

The Alabama transports food aid to East Africa in support of the U.S. government’s ‘Food for Peace’ program, according to Maersk Line. Crew members also help support the Bee Hive Children’s Home in Mombasa, Kenya.

Several crew members who were aboard the ship when it was hijacked in 2009 are suing Maersk Line and Mobile, Ala.-based Waterman Steamship Corp.

Nine crew members in the lawsuit, filed in Alabama in 2012, say they suffered physical and emotional injuries after Somali pirates boarded. Some crew members were held at gunpoint with Phillips; others hid in an engine room.

 

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7 Responses to Two ex-Navy SEALS protecting Captain Philips ship found dead ‘after apparent heroin overdose’

  1. Bulldog says:

    Heroin? Yeah right. They were put down. I wonder what they knew.

  2. The Funny Farmer says:

    Do not take this the wrong way people, but what does that make like 35 dead Seals in a year and a half ? Or something to that effect. It doesnt look that good, for the average american citizen and local patriot to effect a change, if the Most Elite of the Elite cant even keep themselves alive. Someone is whacking seals like they never had any training whatsoever.

    • Henry Shivley says:

      The Seals are a part of a very compartmentalized system and the deaths we have seen have been both active and retired. I can only speculate, but the struggle that is going on out here exists in every quarter. Again, pure absolute speculation, but maybe this is why we are starting to see raining bankers. The war that is will continue to escalate, again in every quarter.

      • REDHORSE says:

        I believe you are right Henry. I’m just wondering when we will start into the next quarter and who it will be. Wall street? Politicians? Lawyers? It’s getting interesting to say the least.

    • Bulldog says:

      They can fire generals that wont go along with the plan to take over. The SEALS that wont go along will wreak havoc, so they have to put them down. They have used these guys to accomplish their agenda in other lands. Now they are done with them and they are a liability. There is no way that all of these things are a coincidence. Raining bankers, several hundred high up military officers fired. SEALs all loaded into one old Chinook and shot down. Dead SEALs on a boat. SEAL gets killed at a gun range in Texas. Those are just the ones that we know about. They have been attempting to purge anyone that they feel will fight them. If we aren’t preparing to fight we are fooling ourselves.

  3. djl says:

    Anything goes in this world now. This is very suspicious to me. I am getting my health back. I am ready to bring it. I really am. I am just tired of people getting away with stuff these days and there not be any consequences. Why are all these bankers dying? My guess they are more sacrificial lambs. They are hoping that more offerings will quiet things down. We had such a great country and our leaders have allowed these scum to ruin everything we worked for. They seem not to care. That stuff going on in Ukraine. That stuff should be happening here. It really should. There is just no need for what is going on in our country now. Everyone around the world could see we had a great thing going and our leaders wrecked it with their Ponzi schemes. They get to laugh all the way to the bank while we are left to die. We will not go quietly. I can promise you that.

    • James says:

      I hope the family demands a good autopsy,would show whether these two actually were regular users of heroin or not.The majority of heroin users don’t start with a needle,either smoke/snort.The investigation concludes no long term usage,well,there is your answer,killed for some reason.The investigation shows regular usage,well,they would certainly not be the first in the military to use heroin.

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