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Nigerian Men Miraculously Escape Death After 14 Days on Ship Rudder

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By Jerry Walters - - 5 Mins Read
Ship stowaways being offered water from rescuers
The ship stowaways hanging on ship rudder (YouTube) |

In a thrilling story of bravery and survival, four Nigerian stowaways took a dangerous trip across the vast Atlantic Ocean while sitting on the rudder of a cargo ship. In hopes for a better life in Europe, these brave people held on to the ship's bottom with all their might, ignoring nature's fury and their years, and embarked on a journey filled with many uncertainties.

A group of courageous travellers endured a challenging two-week journey across the rough sea, relying on their bravery and resourcefulness to survive while maintaining a positive outlook towards their future success. Their perilous voyage commenced on June 27, departing from Lagos, Nigeria, on a cargo ship as they left the country they wished to escape.


As the days went by, the stowaways had to deal with one problem after another. Sleeping was a rare and dangerous treat because there wasn't much room, and the ship's engine was always running. In a clever move, they tied themselves together to make a homemade fish net so they wouldn't fall into the dangerous water below.


But their problems were not just caused by the hard metal of the ship. Because the ocean was so big, they had to face amazing and scary creatures. From whales, which are gentle giants of the deep, to the scary shadows of sharks, the sea around them was a constant reminder of how dangerous their trip was.


Even though they worked hard, their supplies decreased, and on the tenth day, they found out they were out of food and water. In sheer dedication, they drank the salty sea water crashing just a few meters below them to quench their thirst. It showed how far people are willing to go for the chance of a better life.


On the fourteenth day of their journey, there was finally a small sign of hope. The Brazilian Federal Police were doing regular work in the port of Vitoria when they saw the worn-out people clinging desperately to the ship's rudder. Their help had come as a lifeline amid a huge ocean of doubt. After they were discovered, 


Still, as soon as they felt better, their journey took another turn. Instead of getting to Europe, where they were supposed to go, they ended up on the faraway shores of Brazil. They felt mixed feelings when they realized they had taken a wrong turn. Instead of focusing on getting away, they started to think about how complicated their uncertain future would be.


According to reports, two of the stowaways returned to Nigeria while the other two requested for asylum in Brazil.



Men sitting on ship rudder in the ocean
The tiny rudder space the men hung on to for 2 weeks (Brazil Fed Police)

The journey of these four brave Nigerians is a source of hope and motivation. It also shows how people who want a better future will take huge risks. Their story will always be a reminder of how strong the human spirit is. It is a spirit that knows no borders, doesn't fear obstacles, and holds on to hope even when things look the worst.


After their amazing trip, the four Nigerian stowaways are being talked about and admired worldwide. Their scary story has started people talking about how important it is to fix the problems that make people want to leave their homes and find a better life.


Now that their fate is in the hands of the Brazilian government, no one knows what will happen next to these brave people. Even though they didn't make it to Europe as they had hoped, their strength and drive have left a mark on the hearts of everyone who has heard their story.

International organizations and humanitarian groups have been paying attention to their trip and using it to discuss the dangers migrants face and how important it is to support safe migration routes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other organizations have called for more work to figure out why people move and protect those fleeing violence, poverty, and abuse.