Two sailors of a West African cargo ship "MV Den-Den", both Eritrean citizens, were drowned and three other crew members were reported missing when the vessel capsized in the Arabian Sea off the Mangalore coast on Saturday.
The victims jumped out of the ship soon after it hit a sand bank and ran aground on Friday night. Twenty one other crew members were rescued during operations supported by the Indian Coast Guard, according to B Dayanand, SP, Dakshina Kannada district.
"The sailors were identified to be Eritrean nationals. Some of the rescued crew-members are said to be Egyptians, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis.
The cargo ship was to leave for Dubai on Friday but could not because of heavy downpour and rough seas. The ship finally overturned due to high winds and high sea. Bad weather and incessant rains hampered the rescue operation, Dayanand said.The ship was carrying furnace slack from Mangalore to Dubai.
The ship while on its onward journey developed technical snag.