Maersk Alabama Deaths Due to Deadly Mix of Heroin and Alcohol – Toxicologist

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*+-On 18 February 2014, two American security contractors working for Virginia-based Trident Group were found dead in their cabin on board the containership Maersk Alabama while docked in Port Victoria, Seychelles. The Seychelles Police report today they have received the toxicologist report into the deaths of these men and note that no trace of any […]

Heroin Abuse Linked to Deaths of Maersk Line Security Contractors

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*+-The Seychelles Police released the autopsy report today on the two American security contractors who died aboard the containership Maersk Alabama last week, concluding that the cause of death was “respiratory failure, with suspicion of myocardial infarction (heart attack),” according to the report. The Police preliminary investigation report includes suspicion of drug use indicated by the presence […]

Captain Phillips Movie Hero or Lawsuit Villian?

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*+-By Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg The big movie this weekend is the well-reviewed Captain Phillips, a high-seas piracy drama based on a 2009 hijacking in which Tom Hanks plays the eponymous Richard Phillips. In real life, some of Phillips’s former crew members are complaining about how Hollywood told their story. The unhappy seamen allege that the filmmakers, […]

‘Captain Phillips’ Torn From the Headlines, But Tells an Old Story

A team from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) tows the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama to Boxer to be processed for evidence after the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips, April 13, 2009. U.S. Navy Photo

*+-By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Paul Greengrass’ new thriller, “Captain Phillips,” is torn from the headlines, but the British director sees the story of an American ship captain’s ordeal with Somali pirates as a timeless tale of poverty-stricken criminals and a run-in with the law. “These young men get involved for the […]

Maersk Alabama Crewmembers Sue

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*+-Eleven crewmembers who were onboard the Maersk Alabama when the vessel was hijacked in 2009 off the coast of Somalia have sued Maersk Line and Waterman Steamship Corp. claiming the companies ignored warnings about Somali pirates and sailed too close to the Somali coast. The complaint states that on or about April 6, 2009, Maersk […]