>> Waiting for fishing boats to retrieve the bodies of their relatives, after a boat carrying almost 600 migrants capsized off the coast of Egypt on Wednesday. More than 100 Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean, and Somali migrants have been rescued, dozens pronounced dead. Authorities say the boat sank due to overcapacity, tilting under its weight, leaving hundreds of passengers in the water.
One survivor said they tried to call for help, but no one came.>>
> Around dawn we told the captain of the ship that this boat wasn't going to make it. It was rocking really hard when it was hitting small waves, and we hadn't gone that far yet.
So we thought, what will happened when we reach open water? The captain tried to steer it and almost toppled it. Then he decided he wasn't gonna make the journey with this boat. We all agreed and had faith that he would save us. We called the police, but they didn’t show up.
>> It's not yet clear where the was heading. More and more people have been trying to cross to Italy from the North African Coast. Libya and Egypt are countries were people traffickers operate with relative impunity. More than 2,800 deaths have been recorded in the first half of 2016, 1,000 more than in the same period last year.