The captain of a Greenpeace vessel with ties to Islesboro who was arrested by Russian authorities during a protest was granted bail by a court Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Greenpeace officials announced on Wednesday that Peter Willcox, captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, was granted bail in the amount of $61,000 during an appearance in Kalininsky District Court in St. Petersburg.

Even with bail being granted, Greenpeace officials said they did not anticipate any of the detainees would be released from prison before the weekend. However, four of the detainees, including Willcox, were released from jail, according to a statement from Greenpeace Friday, Nov. 22.

"These are wonderful moments for the families of the detainees released from prison. This will only be over when they are able to go home, but for now we are allowing ourselves a sigh of relief, all the time remembering that those brave men and women are still charged with a crime they didn’t commit,” Greenpeace International Arctic campaigner Ben Ayliffe said in a statement.

Willcox, in addition to 29 other individuals collectively known as the “Arctic 30,” have been detained since mid September when Russian security officials seized their ship during a protest against drilling in the Arctic at the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Barents Sea.

During the protest, two Greenpeace activists climbed aboard the oil rig to hang a banner when the Russian security forces seized the ship and took everyone on board into custody.

The activists were initially charged with piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. However, Greenpeace officials said they were told Russia's Investigative Committee would drop the piracy charge against the Arctic 30 and replace it with the less severe charge of hooliganism, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Despite indications from the Russian authorities that the piracy charge would be dropped, when the detainees appeared in court in late October, the charge was not dropped and the charge of hooliganism was added.

A message left with Willcox's wife, Maggy Willcox, seeking comment Thursday, Nov. 21, was not immediately returned.

In addition to Willcox being granted bail, lawyers representing the owner of the Arctic Sunrise, Stichting Phoenix, will be filing an appeal to have the ship released, according to Greenpeace.

To date, 26 of the 30 people who were detained have been granted bail, according to Greenpeace officials.