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Three Nigerians were rescued by the Spanish coastguard after they survived 11 days on the rudder of a ship that arrived in Canary Islands from Nigeria.


The men were found perched on the rudder of an oil tanker at the Las Palmas port. They appeared to be suffering from hypothermia and dehydration. They were taken to a medical facility for treatment according to Salvamento Maritimo of Spain.


The marine traffic website whose work is to track ships reported that the ship in question left Nigeria on November 17 and arrived in Las Palmas on November 28.

It traveled through some of the most dangerous places on the sea but the stowaways still survived. This is not the first time that people have tried to enter other countries illegally by hiding in the rudder of commercial ships.


Last year, Spain’s El Pais interviewed a 14-year old Nigerian boy who survived two weeks on a ship’s rudder. He was from Lagos in Nigeria.


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