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Hired to fight pirates, but doomed by boredom Published: February 26, 2014

PORT OF VICTORIA, Seychelles — The night before their lifeless bodies were found inside a cabin on a cargo ship, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy enjoyed the night life here, at tourist haunts called Le Rendez Vous and the Pirates Arms, reports the New York Times.

Still, long days at sea guarding against piracy — a threat that has receded significantly in recent years — were a stark contrast to their past lives in an elite military unit.

Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Kennedy worked for a private security company, Trident Group, protecting the Maersk Alabama’s crew and cargo from attacks. Boredom, both men had told friends, was the real enemy on the open sea.

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