TOKYO (AP) _ A Japanese fishing boat with 22 men aboard sank in rough seas Tuesday, according to Maritime Safety Agency officials who said two sailors were dead and 18 missing off the Soviet peninsula of Kamchatka north of Japan.

Two crewmen, including the captain, of the 349-ton No. 52 Soho Maru, were rescued from icy waters in the Kuril Strait about 60 miles from the southern tip of Kamchatka, the officials said.

The vessel left northern Japan last Thursday as part of a 27-boat fishing fleet, they said.

Another of the fleet's boats picked up four of the Soho Maru's crew from the sea, but two of the men later died, the officials said.

Agency officials said the search for the remaining crewmen was going on in subzero temperatures as fierce winds swept the area.