VIRGINIA BEACH -- Two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors aboard the Maersk Alabama were found dead Tuesday.
Tom Rothrauff, owner of the Trident Group in Virginia Beach, tells 13News Now two of his employees died aboard the container ship a day after it was docked near an island northeast of Madagascar.
Details remain unclear, but Rothrauff says the contractors were off-duty when they died and their deaths were not "action related."
According to Rothrauff, autopsies are underway in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
Rothrauff said the workers lived in Hampton Roads when they were on the SEAL team.
According to their website, the Trident Group was established in April 2000 by U.S. Navy Special Operations Personnel.
The Maersk Alabama was featured in the movie 'Captain Phillips,' which was based on a pirate hijacking off the coast of Somalia in 2009.
13 News Now talked to Jason Redman, a former U-S Navy SEAL who was seriously injured in Iraq back in 2007.
Redman didn’t know the two men who died on the Maersk, but he explained why SEALs often take security positions when they get out of the military.
"Some guys do. Obviously, guys who have served 20, 30 years in special operations with the SEAL teams...a lot of times they want to translate those skills over into the civilian community,” Redman said.
“You know it's sad, it's a tragedy, I can't stand it. I've seen it throughout my career, guys who retire whether it's a car accident or whatever happened here...I hate to see it," Redman noted. "Anytime you're making your living with a gun, you're on the edge of a dangerous job."