Police Confirm Heroin, Alcohol Caused Deaths of Former Navy SEALs

By Shawn Dwyer 04/30/14

The two American security officers found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama in February suffered from respiratory failure and heart attacks.

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Back in February, two American security officers were found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama, the ship known for being hijacked by Somali pirates as depicted in the film Captain Phillips. Now after an investigation, Seychelles police have confirmed that they died from drug overdoses.

Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, were found in the ship cabin by police from the African island nation surrounded by narcotics and hypodermic needles. At the time, Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, said that their deaths “were a result of drug overdose” and that no foul play was involved.

According to investigators, the ship arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles, on February 16 and was expected to depart two days later. Reynolds and Kennedy allegedly went ashore on leave, where surveillance video captured them closing down a bar with a pair of prostitutes who later took them someplace to buy heroin.

Friends and neighbors expressed surprise that Reynolds and Kennedy were involved in drugs since they had been fitness and health oriented. Both men where former Navy SEAL members who worked for the Trident Group, a maritime security firm based out of Virginia.

The case has been forwarded to the attorney general’s office “for further consultation.”

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