Funnel Lowered On Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

Work is continuing to lower a giant funnel onto the bed of the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to contain oil gushing from leaks in a blown-out well.A crane is lowering the 90-tonne device, which it is hoped will be operational by Monday.The operation is complicated by the great depth - 5,000 ft (1,800m) - to which the device must be lowered.Earlier, oil from the massive slick started washing ashore on an island chain off the coast of Louisiana.Pelicans and other birds were found covered in oil on the uninhabited Chandeleur Islands - the second oldest national wildlife refuge in the US and home to countless endangered birds.A federal maritime agency said there was "oiling all over" the islands.