17 contracted Seacor divers continued the work to recover eight still missing crew members of the 'Seacor Power' after the Coast Guard suspended their search operations for survivors. The divers were likely working in teams, but per diving and safety standards, they can’t stay underwater for long. The navy dive table gives 60 feet for 60 minutes without having to do any decompression. The teams were also likely gathering information for the investigation which takes a lot of time underwater. While the divers continued searching underwater, the United Cajun Navy assists by air as they use two seaplanes to search a wide offshore area. It was believed that by searching either the vessel, the seafloor, or the surface of the water the divers will find the missing men.
A crew member of the 'Aquilon' was injured early on April 20, 2021. At 3.35 a.m. the CROSS Etel initiated the medical evacuation. The ship was then nearly 90 kilometers off La Rochelle. The victim was hoisted at 6 a.m. by a helicopter of the Navy base in La Rochelle He was taken to the Nantes Atlantique Hand Institute where he was taken care of at 6:50 a.m.
The Egyptian fishermen who were rescued from the 'Ellie Adhamh' did not have a work permit. They were not signed up for the work permit scheme for non-European Economic Area migrant fishers. Employers must apply to the Department of Justice for the permit under the atypical work permit scheme, and draw up a one year contract of employment and submit it to the Department of Agriculture. The work permit scheme sets out minimum conditions of employment, including a requirement that employees are not paid below the statutory minimum wage. The two Egyptian survivors and another former crew member were concerned about how they would survive and provide for their families at home. They do not have access to social welfare but hoped they will be permitted to receive payments during a garda investigation into their situation. The ITF has made complaints to the gardaí, the Marine Survey Office and the Workplace Relations Commission relating to the men’s working conditions and status. They obtained written confirmation from the Department of Justice that no application was ever made by the boat owner for approval to employ the three fishermen. The union has written confirmation from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine that the owner did not submit copies of contracts of employment for the three Egyptian nationals to the department. The fishermen said they were taken on on the basis that they would get a share of the profits which was not permitted under the atypical permit scheme as it was not a guaranteed wage. Two of the three undocumented workers received a “cover stamp” on their passports from Garda National Immigration Bureau officers in Bantry, but this did not constitute enrolment on the work permit scheme. The Atypical Working Scheme Unit of the Department of Justice has sought clarification from the vessel owner, via their solicitor, regarding the manner in which the rescued non-EEA nationals were employed and entered the State to determine if any future applications made on the basis of work with this employer should be accepted. To date no response has been received from the employer. The matter has also been referred, via the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, as chair of the Scheme’s Oversight Committee, to the Marine Safety Office and the Workplace Relations Commission for investigation and action as appropriate.
The 'Vaya Con Dios' located a distressed migrant boat in the evening of April 20, 2021. On board were 20 people, including women and children, while approaching the port of Calais. The inflatable boat was in trouble. The crew of the trawler notified the French authorities, and rescue services eventually came to help the migrants aboard the RHIB.
The 'One Apus' has discharged its cargo at the port of Long Beach after its arrival on April 12. The ship has departed the port bound for Oakland on April 18. It's current status showed the vessel was drifting, likely a result of port of congestion that has spread to Oakland from southern California.