Men survive for 11 days on the rudder of a ship sailing from Nigeria to the Canary Islands.

When they arrived in the Canary Islands, the Spanish coastguard rescued three migrants who had stowed away aboard a tanker while balancing on its rudder.
Three stowaways who clung to the rudder of a tanker from Nigeria were hospitalised in Spain on Monday night, according to Spanish officials.
According to the ship-tracking website Marine Traffic, the huge ship left Lagos. It landed in the port of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria eleven days later.
At least three migrants had been clinging to the thin iron rudder, their feet dangling just a few feet over the Atlantic Ocean.
The stowaways were recovered by Spanish shore authorities when the ship docked.
According to Canary Islands emergency personnel, the males all had significant dehydration and required treatment.
They are hardly the first migrants to go on such a perilous voyage.
Six others were discovered travelling from Nigeria on the rudders of two tankers in late 2020, according to Spanish officials.
One of those who arrived in 2020 was a 14-year-old boy who told the Spanish daily El Pais about his perilous journey.
He described how the stowaways had to take turns sleeping because there was only enough room for one person to lie down at a time; how there was a fight and he was nearly thrown off the rudder; how they got cold and wet and had to dry off for hours; and how his urine turned green after drinking seawater.
Txema Santana, the Canary Islands’ migration counsellor, cautioned in a tweet that the most recent arrivals “won’t be the last” and that “stowaways don’t always have the same luck.”
The migratory path from West Africa to Spain’s Canary Islands is among the world’s most hazardous.
Santana estimated in September that over 1,000 migrants had perished or vanished while attempting to reach the Spanish islands this year.
According to Spain’s Interior Ministry, as of Nov. 15, almost 15,000 migrants had arrived in the Canary Islands by sea this year, a decrease of 18% from the same period last year.
Most undertake the arduous trek from West Africa on tiny rafts, with an increasing number of inflatable rafts.

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