Blowout preventer removed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico has been removed from the company's well.

A BP spokesman said Friday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the 50-foot, 300-ton device was detached from the wellhead at 1:20 p.m. CDT.

The device was slowly being lifted to the surface and wouldn't likely reach the top until sometime Saturday.

Earlier in the day, a vessel had latched onto the equipment to raise it from a mile beneath the sea. The blowout preventer is considered a key piece of evidence in the spill investigation.

Investigators will examine it and hope to gain insight into why the device failed to prevent the spill.

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