Gulf of Mexico oil cap funnels 6,000 barrels
A special cap funnelling oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill appears to be having some success, a US Coast Guard official has said.
Admiral Thad Allen said 6,000 barrels of oil were captured in the first 24 hours after the procedure commenced on Thursday.
This represents between a third and a half of the estimated daily leakage since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank on 20 April, killing 11 workers.
Adm Allen said BP hoped to increase the amount captured in the next few days.