Scott Daspit has become the face of group that has been searching for eight weeks for the missing Seacorp seven. How long does he plan to continue?
“The answer is I don’t know when I’m going to be ready to stop. I said from the beginning when my heart and when God tells me I’ve got enough then that will be the time,” says Daspit.
Scott Daspit, other family members, and a small group of volunteers continue searching the marsh for any signs of the missing crew members, including his son Dylan, who were aboard the Seacorp Power when it capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Some of these ridges are actually survivable areas…. Looking under the trees, under the debris, moving things around. So if we can find somebody that’s still surviving, wonderful. If not, hopefully we can find some closure to some family,” he explains.
Scott walks through mud and water along these ridges and following grids, and facing a grim possibility.
“You don’t know how bad i wish walking through these debris lines. I catch myself looking for a hand, looking for an arm. It’s reality.”
The next milestone they are waiting for is the return of the Seacorp Power to shore. When that will happen is still not clear, but the NTSB and the Coast Guard tell Scott it could be the third week of June, likely in Terrebone Parish. Families have asked Scott to continue the search until the vessel gets to the dock.
“They all said Mr. Scott, what you gonna do if they pick up that vessel and Dylan and the rest of the guys aren’t there? How are you gonna feel then? And makes you think if we quit today and we have our opportunity to find somebody or find closure tomorrow, how can you quit?”
If you’d like to donate to the families or the search efforts, Lift Acadiana and Gulf Coast Humanitarian Effort are both organizations set up for those purposes.