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Two Americans found dead on real-life Captain Phillips ship

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Feb 19, 2014 | 2:38pm EST

The ship which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 and used as inspiration for Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips drama has hit headlines again after two Americans were found dead onboard the vessel in the Seychelles. Police in the Indian Ocean island are investigating the deaths of security officers Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, whose bodies were discovered on the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday (18Feb14). Both men worked for the U.S.-based Trident Security firm to provide protection to sailors travelling near the coast of Somalia, where pirate attacks are common. Authorities have yet to reveal the cause of death, but officials from the U.S. Coast Guard have also launched their own probe into the incident. The Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips movie is based on the real-life events of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking drama, during which Captain Richard Phillips, portrayed onscreen by Hanks, was taken hostage by pirates. Barkhad Abdi played pirate leader Adbuwali Muse, a role which won him the Best Supporting Actor honour at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) film awards on Sunday (16Feb14). He is also shortlisted for the same prize at the Oscars next month (02Mar14).

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