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U.S. Officials working on get Six Americans Released from Honduras Prison

MIAMI, Fla. -- U.S. officials are working to free six Americans jailed in Honduras.

The men are between the ages of 25 and 60.

They are part of Florida-based Aqua Quest International.  They were went to Puerto Lempira, Honduras for a salvaging operation.
Local authorities arrested them on May 5 for weapons charges.

The ship's captain says the weapons on board were for personal protection against pirates,

A crew member who was not detained says the men do not have access to good sanitation and are not eating properly.

The president of Aqua Quest International, Robert Mayne, is one of those being held.

The company says the men were working with aid workers and officials in the Miskito Indian town of Ahuas.  It's in an impoverished Honduran region often exploited by drug traffickers.

The area has been targeted by joint U.S.-Honduran anti-drug missions, though the brother of the company's president insists none of the crew was involved in trafficking.