Earlier this morning Fox News reported that two former Navy SEALs have been found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama.
There is very little information about the incident at this time, but what we do know is that a spokesperson for the Trident Group has confirmed the two men were employed by them and contracted to provide armed security aboard the ship. They were found dead Tuesday as the ship was docked in Victoria, Seychelles, just south of Madagascar.
There are currently no details as to the circumstances surrounding the deaths; however, a Maersk official has also confirmed the deaths and has stated that an investigation is ongoing.
The families of the two men have been notified and have asked that their names not be released at this time.
The Maersk Alabama is no stranger to controversy. A lawsuit is still pending in Alabama involving half of the crew members that were aboard the ship when it was hijacked by pirates in 2008. That incident gained notoriety in the movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. The film faced a lot of criticism from the crew and many others as being highly fictionalized.
"This incident is another example of the dangers these men and women face every day," said Brian Beckcom, the attorney that represents the crewmen in the Captain Phillips case. Beckcom went on to ask, "What happened on that ship and what are these companies doing to make their vessels safe for the people on board when they are out at sea, or like in this case, docked in port?"
Brian has written many articles calling to the shipping industry to increase security and take measures to protect the men and women aboard their vessels. "Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of these two men," said Beckcom. "I don't know how many more lives need to be taken before these companies start taking the threat seriously."