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Aqua Quest crew already planning future trips

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Bob Mayne and his girlfriend Lisa Marra at their Tarpon Springs home. Bob Mayne and his girlfriend Lisa Marra at their Tarpon Springs home.

Aqua Quest Captain Bob Mayne is ready for a short break, but then back to work.

“We have three ship wrecks… and it's in a foreign country,” said Mayne.

Mayne and 5 crew members from the Aqua Quest returned to Tarpon Springs Wednesday after being locked up in a Honduran prison for 52 days.

“Sometimes over those 52 days I thought to myself, should I just paid them the money? What if we never get out of here?” said Mayne.

The men were jailed on weapon charges accused of smuggling weapons into the country. Mayne said some of the officials wanted more than $30,000 for the men’s release.

The conditions behind bars were deplorable.

“The swarms of mosquitoes, the guys got bit by cock roaches at night and by ants. We would put out a sacrificial arm let the mosquitoes feast, so they wouldn’t bite our faces. It was physically extraordinarily uncomfortable,” said Mayne.

Mayne said he refused to pay up.

“We knew if we paid extortion money we would forever have the same thing happen over and over again," Mayne said.

Mayne said he knew the situation could’ve been worse. He had invited his girlfriend Lisa Marra but decided she would come on the second trip to Honduras.

“When we were in that prison, I’m just kept telling myself, oh my gosh, If I had taken her with me, this would’ve been very, very ugly,” said Mayne.

The crew will make sure they are tested for malaria and other mosquito borne illnesses during their break.

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