Drug Overdoses Suspected in Deaths of Ex-Navy SEALs on Maersk Alabama

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CNN  is reporting that hypodermic needles and traces of narcotics were found with the bodies of two American security officers on the container ship Maersk Alabama, suggesting that the deaths resulted from drug overdoses, according to a Seychelles government official. Police said an autopsy would be carried out later this week.

Official: Traces of drugs found with dead Americans on ‘Captain Phillips’ ship

Seychelles police identified the bodies found Tuesday as Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44. They worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm, and Trident Group President Tom Rothrauff said both were former Navy SEALs.

The 500-foot Maersk Alabama was the target of an attempted hijacking in the pirate-infested waters off east Africa in 2009 — an incident that inspired the 2013 film “Captain Phillips.” The shipping giant Maersk, which hired the Trident Group to guard its ships, said Thursday that Trident would be conducting random drug tests of its employees.

“Based on our experience with the contractor, this is an isolated incident,” Maersk said. But it said new drug tests would start immediately and the company’s shore-leave policy was under review. The Maersk Alabama has since left the Seychelles capital of Port Victoria, the company said Thursday.

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7 Responses to Drug Overdoses Suspected in Deaths of Ex-Navy SEALs on Maersk Alabama

  1. Paul Kennedy says:

    It is really sad to see anyone die, particuarly in this way. However I need to point out a mistake. They didn’t die from “drug overdoses”, they died from drugs! Saying ‘overdoses’ implies that they took too much. The truth is that ANY amount of a drug like heron is too much.

  2. Rick Spilman says:

    No, they did apparently die from overdoses of some variety of drug. We still do not know which, though heroine is likely. Not all dosages kill, even if any amount is not good. Additionally, the implication that heavily armed security guards might have been abusing drugs is disturbing for any number of reasons.

  3. Phil says:

    Be careful with what CNN reports, They LIE!

    Proof:

    Don’t believe the CNN Video link http://youtu.be/KgM1Td_koRE they claim the ship LUNO had a load of weapons headed for Syria which is BS! The ship used for carrying fertilizer was heading to a near by port when the accident happened.

    From The Telegraph:
    Crew saved after cargo ship splits in two

    Published on Feb 6, 2014

    A military helicopter evacuated the crew of a Spanish cargo ship that slammed into a jetty and split in two in rough Atlantic Ocean waters off southwestern France on Wednesday.

    The hold of the 100-metre-long ship, the Luno, was empty when the accident occurred along the coast of the town of Anglet, and a small amount of fuel spilt into the water, officials said.

    The ship, which typically carries fertilizer, had been heading to a nearby port to load up with cargo when its engine broke down and the rough waves carried it into the jetty.
    http://youtu.be/giJkjqx3Tuo

  4. Rick Spilman says:

    The reports of drugs, needles and possible overdoses were widely reported, not just on CNN.

  5. mike says:

    It seems to cut and dry, that perhaps evidence was planted. Don’t know, just speculating.

  6. NavyDavy says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Navy SEALs saved one of your own and you headline your post with a CNN report. You couldn’t wait until the official Coast Guard report is published. By the way did you ever give the SEALs an atta boy for saving Captain Phillips and his crew?

  7. Rick Spilman says:

    Excuse me. There was no disrespect implied. We reported the statement made by local officials. Period. Fox News reported exactly the same thing.