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Woman Speaks Out After Being Blamed For Blocking Suez Canal

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Woman Speaks Out After Being Blamed For Blocking Suez Canal

A female ship captain has spoken out after she was falsely accused of being in control of the Ever Given when it got wedged in the Suez Canal.

Marwa Elselehdar - Egypt's first female ship captain - was hundreds of miles away working as a first mate on the Aida IV in Alexandria.

So you can imagine she was pretty surprised when news broke about the Ever Given incident and she saw rumours online saying she was to blame.

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Rumours were spread using screenshots of a fake headline, which claimed she was involved, while fake Twitter accounts using Elselehdar's name also shared the false stories.

In an interview with the BBC, Elselehdar said she wasn't sure why anyone would have tried to blame her for the incident.

The 29-year-old told the BBC: "I felt that I might be targeted maybe because I'm a successful female in this field or because I'm Egyptian, but I'm not sure."

Speaking about facing sexism while training to become a captain, she added: "People in our society still don't accept the idea of girls working in the sea away from their families for a long time.

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Credit: Instagram/@marwa.elselehdar
Credit: Instagram/@marwa.elselehdar

"But when you do what you love, it is not necessary for you to seek the approval of everyone."

The 400m-long Ever Given's blockage of the Suez Canal hit headlines across the world after it brought one of the world's largest shipping routes to a halt.

The boat was stuck there for six days while travelling to Rotterdam from Malaysia.

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Eventually, a crew of people from the Suez Canal Authority in Egypt and Dutch salvage firm Boskalis worked tirelessly to dredge the sand from beneath the boat, tug it back into position, and refloat the ship, allowing for it to be taken out of the canal for further inspection.

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After Ever Given was freed, the CEO of Boskalis, Peter Berdowski, released a statement that said: "Shortly following the grounding of the Ever Given we were requested through SMIT Salvage to provide assistance with the salvage operation.

"I am excited to announce that our team of experts, working in close collaboration with the Suez Canal Authority, successfully refloated the Ever Given on 29 March at 15:05 hrs local time, thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again."

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Once freed, the canal - and it's now hefty backlog of ships - was able to get moving again.

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Topics: World News

Claire Reid
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