Yo, these three dudes sailed 2,800 miles from the shores of Nigeria to the Canary Islands — and they spent the ENTIRE TRIP on the ship's rudder.
Yeah, apparently this is a common occurrence, which just boggles my mind.
Here's what that journey looks like on a map.
Three men were discovered on the rudder of a ship after they stowed away during an 11-day journey across the ocean from Nigeria to the Canary Islands.
Two of the discovered stowaways were helped and put back on the ship in order to be deported. A local government spokesperson reportedly said that the third person had hypothermia and dehydration and is still in a hospital on Gran Canaria, one of the islands. A law enforcement spokesperson told Reuters that the law in Spain states that if a stowaway doesn't seek asylum, they have to be sent back to the original port by whomever runs the ship.
It's crazy to think that I'm in shock reading about these men's journey.
I wasn't even on the ship!
And I'm sorry, but the fact that these men made it all that way, that's enough for me — if I was the Spanish government — to allow them to stay.
I get it, you don't want to encourage this sort of thing, but I'm just in awe here.
Look at that!
That's just crazy!
Imagine for a second what that journey entailed.
Apparently this isn't just a one-time thing, either. It happens all the time.
Other people were previously discovered clinging to rudders while risking their lives to reach the Spanish islands located off northwest Africa. Salvamento Maritimo has dealt with six similar cases in the last two years, according to Sofía Hernández who heads the service's coordination center in Las Palmas.
Migrants may seek cover inside the box-like structure around the rudder, Hernández explained, but are still vulnerable to bad weather and rough seas…
Thousands of migrants and refugees from North and West Africa have reached the Canary Islands irregularly in recent years. Most make the dangerous Atlantic crossing on crowded boats after departing from the coast of Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania and even Senegal.
More than 11,600 people have reached the Spanish islands by boat so far this year, according to figures released by Spain's Interior Ministry.
I wonder how many have gone unaccounted for.
Well, at least these guys made it the entire way.
It's now the responsibility of that Alithini II oil tanker to get them safely back home to Nigeria.