Worry that Gulf oil spreading into major current

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It looks like the oil spill may already be on its way to the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.

A reseacher tells The Associated Press that computer models show the oil may have already seeped into the powerful water stream called the loop current. A boat will be sent later this week to collect samples.

William Hogarth is the dean of the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science. He says one model shows the oil already in loop current, while another shows the slick three miles away.

Meanwhile, engineers have finally figured out how to siphon some of the oil that's been spewing into the Gulf for nearly a month. Yesterday BP PLC crews hooked up a mile-long tube to funnel the crude into a tanker ship. However, millions of gallons of oil are already in the Gulf of Mexico.

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