BP: Crews Lifting Key Device from Gulf Face Delay

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Crews are having to wait to raise the device that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Darin Hilton, the captain of the Helix Q4000 vessel that's lifting the 300-ton blowout preventer to the surface, said Saturday that hydrates have built up on the contraption.

Crews have to wait for the hydrates to melt before the device can be lifted the final 500 feet to the surface.

BP spokesman Neil Chapman says the device likely won't reach the
deck until around 7 p.m. EDT.

The blowout preventer is considered a key piece of evidence in the investigation into the oil spill.

FBI agents are on board the vessel to take possession of the device once it's on board.

Once it is lifted, the device will be loaded onto a barge and taken for analysis at a NASA facility in Michoud, La.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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