THREE African migrants have been found clinging to the rudder of an oil tanker after surviving 11 grueling days at sea.
The stowaways were rescued by the Spanish Coast Guard yesterday in the Canary Islands, where they were taken to hospital after suffering a severe bout of dehydration.
The men were on board the oil and chemical tanker Alithini II, which departed from Lagos, Nigeria, according to ship-tracking website Marine Traffic.
The men, believed to be from sub-Saharan Africa, have been spotted in their precarious position in the port of Las Palmas, on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.
Local media Canarias Ahora reported it was a secret operation as the men were looking for a better life in Europe.
The photo, circulated by Salvamento Maritimo, the maritime security and rescue company, showed the men exhausted and in need of urgent medical attention.
They were found on the rudder blade, which is outside the ship’s hull and is usually submerged.
Salvamento Maritimo authorities said further Twitter It was a happy trip considering it was extremely exposed to the sea and the wind.
Authorities said: “They were taken to the port and treated by health services.”
It’s not the first time migrants have tried to hide on the rudder of a ship, according to Sky News.
In October 2020, four people clung to the rudder of a Lagos oil tanker and hid for ten days before police discovered them on the ship.
The number of migrants crossing from North Africa to the Canary Islands has skyrocketed since 2019.
Spanish data shows seaborne migration to the archipelago increased by 51 percent in the first five months of this year compared to a year earlier, Reuters reports.
Despite the obvious dangers, European countries have encountered an influx of migrants entering illegally by sea this year.
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