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Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba
Rev. Herbert Daughtry
Matar Diop Kane
Dr. Alexander Lupenko
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Dispatches during the Atlantic Ocean crossing and leading up to the Spirit of Malabo send-off ceremony to Equatorial Guinea Museum for permanent exhibition from Gateway Marina in Brooklyn, New York.
The 129 day journey was deep in humility and prayer. When I ran out of food, I turned it into a fast. One morning I found a 300 pound fish laying on my deck, I said "to God be the glory". Although a shark would damage my boat, the father still allowed me to reach land. When I was in the hospital an realized I just lost 70 pounds, I said, "I'm weak, but my faith is on fire".
I would spend nearly eight weeks recovering in Sint Maarten. After my body gained strength and boat repaired, I continued to BVI, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.
After departing from Monticristi, my last port in Dominican Republic, I was highjacked by pirates in Haitian waters. Afterwards, a international recovery operation was launched to retrieve the boat and send it by cargo ship to Miami.
It would take twenty-one months to reach home. After boat repairs in Miami, I continued up the Intercoastal waterway (ICW). On the coast of North Carolina, I hit a cypress stump and Coast Guard had to rescue me. After repairs I continued to Virginia Inside Passage. On arrival at New York's Brooklyn Bridge, a ambulance was waiting for me. After several days in the hospital, I went home.
After arriving at New York's Brooklyn Bridge, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Head of State, invited my wife, son and I to Equatorial Guinea where I was decorated, gifted a home in Oyala and our family received nationality.
At Ocean City, Maryland Prayer Breakfast, I was given the Key to the City by the Mayor. Following a directive from President Obiang, the Spirit of Malabo was sent to Equatorial Guinea for permanent exhibition. Members of NYFD, UN Diplomats, and community groups were on hand for send-off ceremony.
In respect to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, whom my second boat was named after, I returned to United Arab Emirates to fulfill the promise I made in his memory.
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