Police: Heroin, alcohol at fault in death of security officers on 'Captain Philips' ship
April 29, 2014 -- Updated 2138 GMT (0538 HKT)
- Police say toxicologists found alcohol in the blood of Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy
- Heroin was found in the cabin with their bodies, and also contributed to their deaths
- Foul play was ruled out in the deaths of the two Navy SEALS in February
- The Maersk Alabama cargo ship was made famous by a Somali pirate attack in 2009
(CNN) -- Heroin and alcohol were blamed for the deaths of two American security officers aboard the infamous cargo ship Maersk Alabama, police in the Seychelles have concluded, citing a toxicology report on Tuesday.
Police said toxicologists in Mauritius found alcohol in the blood of Jeffrey Reynolds, 44, and Mark Kennedy, 43, who both suffered respiratory failure and heart attacks. Foul play was ruled out.
A police statement on the lab report did not mention whether the two former Navy SEALS tasked with ship security had heroin in their blood. But it did cite heroin consumption as a cause of death, along with alcohol. The drug was found with their bodies on the ship on February 18.
The Maersk Alabama gained notoriety when Somali pirates seized it in lawless Indian Ocean waters five years ago. The hijacking ended, when U.S. Navy marksmen shot three pirates dead.
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Reynolds and Kennedy died after going on shore leave in Port Victoria, Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, local police spokesman Jean Toussaint has said.
The ship arrived on February 16 with a 24-man crew and had been expected to leave two days later.
The bodies were found by a colleague who had gone to check in with one of the men in a cabin, Seychelles police said.
Neighbors of the men in the United States were surprised to hear about suspicions of drug and alcohol overdose. They described Kennedy and Reynolds as fitness and health oriented.
But police in the Seychelles say surveillance camera footage showed the two in a bar until closing and meeting after with two women, who they described as prostitutes.
Police said the women took Kennedy and Reynolds to a place where they could buy heroin.
Source: Seychelles video shows 2 Americans on the town before deaths
Autopsy: Men on Maersk had respiratory failure, suspected heart attacks
CNN's Drew Griffin contributed to this report
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