CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) _ A Cypriot tanker carrying sulfuric acid capsized in rough seas off this Mediterranean island, killing two crew members and leaving six missing, maritime authorities said today.

Ten crew members from the 1,600-ton Stainless Trader were rescued shortly after the accident early Thursday about 20 miles off Capo Carbonara east of Cagliari, the officials said.

They said the crew included 16 South Koreans and two Greeks, but did not identify the dead and missing.

The officials said rescue vessels were being hampered by rough seas caused by a severe windstorm.

They said the tanker, registered in Limassol, had left the Sardinian port of Portovesme about noon Wednesday carrying 3,200 tons of slufuric acid to Turkey. They said it capsized and sank 36 hours after leaving port.