Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was found Friday in his broken-down yacht. Manfred Fritz Bajorat was a German adventurer who hadn’t been seen since 2009.
The mummified body of a German adventurer Manfred Fritz Bajorat has been discovered on his abandoned yacht – which silently drifted around the world for years.
Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found by two fishermen at the weekend off the coast of the Philippines.
One of the fishermen, 23-year-old Christopher Rivas from Barobo, was fishing together with a friend nearly 65km from the coast when he spotted the yacht, painted white and whose sail was broken from afar.
Inside, Manfred Fritz Bajorat’s body was discovered near the radio telephone on the 12-metre-long yacht called SAYO, as if he was trying one last desperate mayday call.
But Mark Benecke, a forensic criminologist in the city of Cologne, told BILD the position Bajorat was found in seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack.
He was identified by paperwork that was found on board, along with photo albums. The yacht, much of which was underwater, also contained clothes and tins of food strewn all around.
It is not clear how long he had been dead and for how many years his yacht had been drifting, but no reported sightings of him have been mentioned since 2009. It is also still unclear how long Bajorat has been dead or what killed him.
A friend of Manfred Fritz Bajorat told the German online BILD that he last heard of him one year ago on Facebook for his birthday.
Police are trying to retrace his last voyages and find the last people to speak with him. His body was taken for an autopsy in Butuan City, the yacht was towed for a police inspection into the port of Barobo.
The German embassy in Manila is working with local officials to trace his family in Germany.
It is suspected that dry ocean winds, hot temperatures and the salty air helped preserve his body.