Two former Navy SEALs were found dead off the coast of of Madagascar aboard the Maersk Alabama, Captain Phillip’s ship that became part of an international crisis off the coast of Somalia in 2009. The two former SEALs are now contractors, and their names have not been released. Their death is currently under investigation.
Two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors aboard the Maersk Alabama were found dead Tuesday aboard the container ship, a day after it was docked near an island northeast of Madagascar, according to the Trident Group, the security firm that employed the men.
The company said families of the two contractors have been notified and requested that their names not be released.
A spokesman from the shipping line only confirmed that two people had been found dead, citing the ongoing investigation.
The Maersk Alabama was featured in the movie ‘Captain Phillips,’ which was based on a pirate hijacking off the coast of Somalia in 2009. Phillips’ ordeal galvanized the attention of the U.S. public to the dangers of operating merchant ships in the Horn of Africa, one of the busiest and most precarious sea lanes in the world.