Sailor Saves Cook from Wa­tery Grave

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Reminisce -

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

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