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Tarpon Springs seamen on way back from Honduran prison

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A Tarpon Springs crew is finally on the way home, after being held in a Honduran prison for almost two months.

"It was a farce," Aqua Quest International captain Bob Mayne said.

They were in Honduras to help locals get better access to waterways but were arrested on May 5, accused of smuggling the weapons they were carrying for protection. U.S. Rep.Gus Bilirakis stepped in to help free them.

"I am going to contact the Honduran government and make sure this doesn’t happen again, because people are not going to go down there without assurances," Bilirakis said. "I’m not finished with this."

Once the crew is back on the US soil, we might get a better idea of how the last seven weeks unfolded.

"I've been not wanting to talk about it too much until we're back home, but this was not a simple arrest," Captain Mayne said. "There was other motivation as to why we were detained and it's very, very sinister what was done to us and the reason why it was done."

The crew could arrive back to the country Tuesday.

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