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Jul 21, 2010 5:08 PM

Captains say BP telling them to clear out of Gulf

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Boat captains say BP is telling them to clear out of the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm system threatens the area.

Tom Ard, the president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association, says captains who showed up at docks to skim for oil Wednesday were sent home and told they wouldn't be going back out for five or six days because of weather.

Forecasters say a tropical weather system likely will move into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. It has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next 48 hours.

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