By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Spanish coastguard has disclosed that it has rescued three Nigerian migrants that stowed away on the rudder of a ship that arrived in the Canary Islands.
Spanish coastguard disclosed this in a post on its official Twitter handle.
The tweet include a photograph of the three stowaways shown perched on the rudder of Althini II, an oil and chemical ship.
The Althini II was said to have arrived in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria on Monday, after an 11-day voyage from Lagos, Nigeria.
Upon discovering them, the stowaways were immediately taken to the hospital and treated for acute dehydration.
It remains unclear if the men spent the entire journey perched on the rudder.
The Spanish-owned Canary Islands are a popular gateway for African migrants attempting to reach Europe.
According to Spanish data, migration by sea to the archipelago jumped 51% in the first five months of the year, compared to the year earlier.
The incident came barely a week after the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) claimed that at least 50,000 migrants died while journeying in search of a “better life” across the world since 2014.
The report had also listed Africans as the highest casualties with more than 9,000 deaths along dangerous routes like the Sahara and the Mediterranian sea.