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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 8:12 p.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Two American security officers have been found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement by Seychelles police on Wednesday.

The two Americans — Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, — were found dead on Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama, police said.

The ship was hijacked by pirates in 2009 — an event dramatized in the movie “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks.

The ship was berthed in Port Victoria in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles.

Police gave no cause for the deaths but said a post-mortem has been scheduled.

The Coast Guard stated from its headquarters in Washington that it is investigating.

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

Trident Security was founded by former Navy SEALs in 2000 and employs former special warfare operators to provide security. Requests to Trident for information about the two men were not immediately answered on Wednesday.

The Maersk Line said the deaths aren't “related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel.”

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