The Spanish coastguard says it has rescued three migrants who stowed away on the rudder of a tanker that arrived within the Canary Islands this week.
The three males had been discovered on the oil and chemical tanker Alithini II when it got here into Las Palmas on Monday after an 11-day journey from Lagos in Nigeria, in line with ship-tracking web site Marine Traffic.
A photograph distributed by the coastguard confirmed them sitting on the rudder of the Maltese-flagged vessel, simply above the waterline.
They had been taken into port, with Spanish information company EFE saying they had been handled in hospital for reasonable dehydration.
It will not be the primary time migrants have tried to stow away on the rudder of a ship.
In October 2020, 4 folks stowed away on the rudder of an oil tanker from Lagos, hiding for 10 days earlier than police found them because the vessel got here into Las Palmas.
The variety of migrants crossing from north Africa to the Canary Islands has elevated dramatically since 2019.
Reuters citied Spanish knowledge as saying that migration by sea to the archipelago elevated by 51% within the first 5 months of this yr, in contrast with a yr earlier.
But those that cross this manner are risking their lives, and hundreds of individuals die annually.