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  • Updated: November 29, 2022

Stowaways Survive 11 Days On Rudder Of Ship Travelling From Nigeria To Canary Islands

Spain's Maritime Rescue Service has rescued three stowaways travelling on a ship's rudder in the Canary Islands after the vessel sailed there from Nigeria.

The men, discovered on the Alithini II oil tanker at the Las Palmas port, appeared to be dehydrated and hypothermic after clinging to the rubber of the oil tanker for about eleven days.

According to Spain's Salvamento Martimo, the three were later transferred to hospitals on the island for medical treatment.

The Malta-flagged vessel left Lagos, Nigeria on Nov. 17 and arrived in Las Palmas on Monday, according to the Marine Traffic website, which tracks ships.

Though extremely dangerous, stowaways have been discovered travelling on the rudders of commercial ships to the Canary Islands before.

After surviving two weeks on a ship's rudder, a 14-year-old Nigerian boy was interviewed by Spain's El Pas newspaper last year. He had also departed from Lagos.

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