The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed the deaths of two more Filipinos after their South Korean fishing vessel sank off the Bering Sea in Russia. Seven others remain missing. Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, confirmed the deaths but refused to identify the two claiming their next-of-kin are yet to be informed. A source from the department said that “optimism is fading fast” for the others who remain missing because the Bering Sea, where the vessel sank, is a rough sea with 24-foot swells, -16 degrees Celsius temperature, fast current and arctic air blasts. The source said that the location where the ship sank is a “normal fishing area,” and that Russia regularly allows South Korean trawlers to trawl in the area of Anadyr Gulf in Chukotka Autonomous Region. Oriong-501, owned by Sajo Industries, sank along the coast of Russia’s far eastern region of Chukotka on December 1.