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Florida ship's crew arrested on gun charges in Honduras

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:02

June 8 - The crew of a Florida-based shipwreck salvage company has been held for a month in a Honduras jail after authorities accused them of gun smuggling. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The ocean may be tranquil for some. But the Florida-based crew of Aqua Quest International isn't feeling that way at all. Stuck at this Honduras jail after authorities accused them of gun smuggling. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AQUA QUEST VESSEL CAPTAIN, ROBERT MAYNE JR. SAYING: "We´re sitting here now, 33 days in prison for doing nothing wrong, for coming to the country of Honduras, being invited by government officials, we came here to help people and we're being treated like animals in a cage, when we came to help the country." The company says they had a contract to do local salvage work. They say port officials knew in advance they'd be carrying guns for protection against pirates. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AQUA QUEST VESSEL CAPTAIN, ROBERT MAYNE JR. SAYING: "We always carry on board my vessel arms for protection against piracy. It's legal, it´s allowed and it´s expected. For me as a captain, if I don't do that, it´s dereliction of my duty." The Honduran armed forces said the crew was arrested because they didn't have permits to possess guns in the country.

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Florida ship's crew arrested on gun charges in Honduras

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:02