Syrians jump ship

Two Syrians jumped overboard from a livestock carrier off the US, but were captured by authorities.

US media said the seafarers plunged into the sea early on Wednesday near the Delaware Memorial Bridge, Salem County.

They are now in federal custody. No reason has been given for their leaps.

The 8,500-dwt Abou Karim III (built 1981) was en route to Jordan.

One crewman was picked up from the Delaware River by a tug, while the other was spotted trying to break into a construction vehicle on US Army Corps of Engineers property near Kilchohook. Police identified him as Omar Khalef.

The pair face deportation.

The ship is operated by Khalifeh Shipping Line of Lebanon.

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