Sailor Saves Cook from Watery Grave
IT WAS 10pm, and as the cargo ship MS Prima Donna made its way from Cologne to Finland, a voice cried out: “Man overboard!” The vessel’s cook had fallen into the water.
When 28-year-old first mate Anton Tasanen saw that the man was unconscious and floating face down, he took off his jacket, trousers and shoes and leaped into the water after him. Using a rope, he was able to secure him, and the pair were winched to safety. In the process, Tasanen broke several ribs, but the cook’s life was saved.
It was only when he looked back on what had happened that he thought about the danger. “I was just thinking about that guy,” says Tasanen. “When I heard that he woke up at the hospital, it was a big relief.” says Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (pictured), referring to the royal decree that women would finally be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia from June 2018.
Until now, only men have been able to hold licences in the kingdom, and women who drove in public risked arrest, a fine or even jail. Al-Sharif herself spent nine days in prison in 2011 after being charged with “driving while female”.
Since the groundbreaking announcement last September, the race has been on to recruit the first female taxi drivers. Ridehailing company Careem is running training sessions for Saudi women who have already acquired valid driver’s licences while abroad. And the company says it will hire 10,000 female chauffeurs to drive other women and families.
Saudis Driving Forward I cried when I heard the news