BP's cap 'funnels 6,000 barrels'

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A special cap funnelling oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill appears to be having some success, a US Coast Guard official says.

Adm Thad Allen said 6,000 barrels of oil were captured in the first 24 hours after the procedure commenced on Thursday.

But it only 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.

Madeleine Morris reports.

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