Three migrants who stowed away on a tanker’s rudder and arrived at the Canary Islands this week have reportedly been saved by the Spanish coast guard.
According to ship-tracking website Marine Traffic, the three men were discovered on board the oil and chemical tanker Alithini II when it arrived at Las Palmas on Monday after an 11-day voyage from Lagos, Nigeria.
They may be seen sitting on the Maltese-flagged boat’s rudder in a coast guard photo that was released.
They were hauled into port, and according to Spanish news agency EFE, they received hospital treatment for mild dehydration.
It is not the first time that immigrants have attempted to get aboard a ship’s rudder.
Four people hid on the rudder of an oil tanker from Lagos in October 2020 for ten days until authorities found them when the ship approached Las Palmas.
Since 2019, a large rise in migrants has been occurring from north Africa to the Canary Islands.
According to Spanish data cited by Reuters, marine migration to the archipelago rose by 51% in the first five months of this year compared to the same period last year.
However, thousands of people pass this way every year, risking their lives, and die.