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Search for plane crash victims continues

Cook thanks a private boat owner from Slidell for helping in the search. (Photo Source: WLOX News) Cook thanks a private boat owner from Slidell for helping in the search. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
Several agencies are still involved in the search-and-recovery efforts for the three men. (Photo Source: WLOX News) Several agencies are still involved in the search-and-recovery efforts for the three men. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
A DMR boat takes off from the Point Park boat launch in Pascagoula. (Photo Source: WLOX News) A DMR boat takes off from the Point Park boat launch in Pascagoula. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

It's been seven days and crews are still combing the waters off the coast of Jackson County, looking for more debris from a single engine plane crash. Three men were on board that aircraft, and finding them is top priority for search crews.

Tina Cook, the wife of one of those men, says it’s been an agonizing week.

“Every morning, I wake up and hope I'm in a nightmare," said Cook. "I really hope I'm going to wake up and it's going to be a dream."

Sadly, for Cook, it's reality. Several agencies and private boats have been stationed at Point Park in Pascagoula, where they've spent countless hours using sonar and other equipment hoping to find any important piece of the plane wreckage.

“I just want these men out here just to know -- hey, if they're out here looking every day, I'm going to be out here too," said Cook. "I'm going to do what I can just to support them and to try to find what I can find."

The search for Ron Gregory, Gerald Miletello, and Cook's husband, Dexter Brewer, has been long and hard for the crews involved, as well as the families. 

“We can't find the fuselage of the plane and that's what we're looking for, and the engine of course,” said Paul Doyle with the Jackson County Flotilla.

Cook says she is eternally grateful for the men and women who have been dedicated to this search-and-recovery effort for her husband.

“They've worked overtime. They've worked on their days off," said Cook. "I just want to put a face with Dexter. I wanted them to know why they were searching for him."

Cook spoke with the chaplain of the flotilla, and says she has peace about where her husband is.

“We know he's gone. We know he's in heaven," said Cook. "But we just want to bring him home because he deserves that.” 

While Cook will continue to conduct her own search along Belle Fontaine Beach, she says she is also looking for answers about the crash.

“I know we can't bring them back, but we can try to do something to get some answers because we need answers," said Cook. "Why was that pilot taking off that day in that kind of weather? Why wasn't the plane reported missing until we reported them missing 12 hours later?”

Search crews wrapped up at night fall on Monday, but will resume searching Tuesday morning.

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