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Italy aims to raise shipwreck containing drowned migrants

  • The sky is reflected on a window as people read the day's headlines focused on the congressional impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, April 18, 2016. Brazilian legislators pushing to remove Rousseff for alleged fiscal irregularities won a major victory Sunday in the lower house of Congress, gaining a 367-137 vote in favor of her impeachment. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    The sky is reflected on a window as people read the day's headlines focused on the congressional impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, April 18, 2016. Brazilian legislators pushing to remove Rousseff for alleged fiscal irregularities won a major victory Sunday in the lower house of Congress, gaining a 367-137 vote in favor of her impeachment. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, people lay flowers on coffins during the funeral of 13 migrants who were among up to 800 people who died in a shipwreck in April in Catania, Sicily, Italy. Exactly one year after a fishing boat crowded with smuggled migrants capsized, sinking to the Mediterranean Sea floor with some 800 people trapped inside, Italy is launching efforts to raise up the ship and bring it to a Sicilian port. Italian naval ships were setting sail Monday evening from Sicily for the shipwreck site. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, people lay flowers on coffins during the funeral of 13 migrants who were among up to 800 people who died in a shipwreck in April in Catania, Sicily, Italy. Exactly one year after a fishing boat crowded with smuggled migrants capsized, sinking to the Mediterranean Sea floor with some 800 people trapped inside, Italy is launching efforts to raise up the ship and bring it to a Sicilian port. Italian naval ships were setting sail Monday evening from Sicily for the shipwreck site. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi, File)  (The Associated Press)

Exactly one year after a fishing boat crowded with smuggled migrants capsized, sinking to the Mediterranean Sea floor with some 800 people trapped inside, Italy is launching efforts to raise up the ship and bring it to a Sicilian port.

Italian naval ships are to set sail Monday evening from Sicily for the shipwreck site. There they will determine how best to lift the wreck, which still contains bodies, from a depth of 360 meters (nearly 1,200 feet). It will then be towed to the Sicilian port of Augusta in an operation expected to take the rest of the month.

The Italian navy has already recovered 169 bodies found near the wreck, after Italy's premier vowed to recover the corpses out of respect for the dead.