Victoria, Seychelles (4E) – Two former Navy SEALs working as ship security crew were found dead Tuesday aboard the Maersk Alabama, a containership that inspired the movie Captain Philips after it was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.
Police in the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles found the Americans lifeless inside their cabin two days after the ship docked in Port Victoria.
The U.S. State Department confirmed the deaths and said the Coast Guard is investigating.
According to Seychelles police, the bodies were found by a colleague around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, hours before the ship was scheduled to depart.
The families of the victims did not want their names revealed. The dead SEALs were only described as both 44 years old, working for the Virginia-based Trident Group and part of 24 crewmembers of the Maersk Alabama.
The Trident Group employs former special operations personnel to provide shipping and port security. It confirmed to Fox News that the two men were former Navy Seals.
The hijacking of the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia in 2009 became the basis of the 2013 movie “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks. Hanks played the role of Capt. Richard Phillips, who was held hostage by the pirates before being rescued by Navy SEAL snipers.