A Doylestown native who is one of six Americans stuck in a coastal Honduran prison for seven weeks may be freed soon, the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday.
An order has been signed to release the detainees, including 27-year-old Devon Butler of Doylestown. However the local judge has not carried out the order due to a death in the family, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor told the Tampa Bay Times.
Bilirakis told the Tampa Bay Times embassy officials in Honduras informed him that the crew would be released “soon.”
Butler, a Central Bucks East graduate, is a member of the Florida-based Aqua Quest International crew. The six-member crew sailed to the Central American country in May to salvage mahogany logs at the bottom of a river as part of a project with a rural Honduran town.
On May 5, the Honduran government intercepted the boat on suspicion there were illegal guns on board. The men, who range in age from 25 to 60, have been in a dilapidated coastal jail since being taken into custody by policenear Puerto Lempira on the country's Mosquito Coast.
The captain of the ship told USA Today that the weapons on board are registered in the United States and the Honduran maritime authorities were notified in advance. The crew said they brought the guns onboard to protect against pirates.
Politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden, as well as lawyers and other supporters have been working to free the group. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the effort to free the crew.