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Tarpon crew held in Honduras coming home

TARPON SPRINGS — The crew of a Tarpon Springs-based shipwreck and salvage company detained in Honduras for almost two months has been released from custody.

The office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R–Palm Harbor, issued a statement today at 4:25 p.m. expressing the congressman’s relief to know the six men are coming home.

“I am so very pleased that the Aqua Quest crew – Robert Mayne, James Kelly Garrett, Devon Butler, Nick Cook, Steve Matanich, and Michael Mayne – will be coming home,” the statement reads. “The case against them was dismissed, and rightfully so. They traveled to Honduras to help people, and were wrongfully incarcerated in deplorable conditions. Their release, while long overdue, is a relief to all, especially their families and friends. These men deserve their freedom, and now, thankfully, they can return immediately to the waiting arms of their loved ones. I look forward to celebrating with them in Tarpon Springs!”

The crew had been detained at a Honduran prison since May 5. According to a news release from Aqua Quest earlier this month, Honduran police and Navy personnel raided their vessel and found a weapon.

A Tampa Tribune article from June 2 reported that the company stated it was working on a project with aid workers and officials in the town of Ahuas to help local lobster divers.

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