When excavator operator Abdullah Abdul-Gawad learned that there was an emergency at the Suez Canal, he thought it meant he would have no work that day. Instead the hours ahead — and the next five days and nights — had quite the opposite in store. The Ever Given, a skyscraper-sized container ship, lodged itself into the banks of the canal on March 23, and Abdel-Gawad's boss needed him urgently. "We need you to get in a car and come right now because you're the only excavator driver who's close enough," Abdel-Gawad, speaking to Insider via interpreter, recalled being told. Describing the scene that faced him at work, Abdel-Gawad told Insider: "It was really quite something... it was awe-inspiring." The 28-year-old, who has been operating excavators since university, said that he and his colleagues worked 21-hour days, barely sleeping — and still have not received their overtime pay. Here's how he said events unfolded from inside the excavator cabin. David vs Goliath Freeing the Ever Given was an...read more...