Rescuers have been forced to abandon their search for victims of yesterday's boat accident on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Strong winds and high waves means conditions are too dangerous for divers to enter the sea.
Nasreldin Habib, a 23-year old migrant from Eritrea now living in the UK, made six attempts at crossing the Mediterreanean from Libya before he made it to Europe. On one occasion the boat sank and he lost a close friend. He spoke to ITV News about his experience:
Italian fire brigade divers have released an underwater video of the wreck of a boat which sank off the coast of Lampedusa on Thursday.
The death toll is expected to rise, with hundreds still missing. The head of the Italian coastguard says rescue workers will continue search operations for as long as is needed
Flags are flying at half mast in Italy as the country marks a day of mourning following the death of more than 100 migrants who drowned at sea.
More than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant crisis.
Italian senators have held a minute of silence to honour the hundreds of victims of the boat accident on Friday morning.
Italy is preparing to hold a day of mourning after more than 300 people were drowned or feared dead after a boat sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The 20-metre (66-foot) boat is believed to have been carrying around 500 people, mostly migrants from Eritrea and Somalia.
More than 100 people were rescued, but hundreds are still unaccounted for.
More than 80 migrants, mainly from Africa, have died off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, following a fire on the boat they were travelling on.
ITV News Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy reports:
At least 82 people have died and scores were missing after a boat carrying migrants from Africa sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, officials and rescuers said.
The mayor of Lampedusa, Giusy Nicolini, said 82 dead bodies had been recovered, mostly Somalis and Eritreans, and the toll was rising, with the bodies being laid out on the harbour.
"It's horrific, like a cemetery, they are still bringing them out," she told reporters.The coastguard said it appeared that there were between 400 and 500 migrants on the boat when it sank, and 150 had been saved so far.
Searches are continuing for hundreds of passengers off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa after a boat carrying migrants sank this morning.
Sixty-two bodies have been found and so far 141 people have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people.
The Italian Transport Minister has told news agency Reuters the death toll following the sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa has risen to 62.