Egypt’s first female ship captain says she was wrongly blamed for the Suez Canal debacle — which occurred while she was on a different vessel hundreds of miles away.
Marwa Elselehdar, 29, was at sea as the first mate in command of the Aida IV in Alexandria when the massive Ever Given container ship became accidentally stuck in the waterway, the BBC reported.
But online rumors and fake news headlines spread that she was behind the maritime disaster, which held up the major shipping route for nearly a week before the Ever Given was freed.
“I was shocked. 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,” she told the outlet.
The captain of the Ever Given has not been revealed, but Egyptian officials have said that human error may have caused the ship to run aground last month.
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