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Mummified Body Found Drifting At Sea

| by Sheena Vasani

Two fishermen discovered the mummified body of a German world sailor on his yacht drifting off the Philippines coast Feb. 26.

Christopher Rivas, 23, and his unidentified friend discovered the decomposing body of Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, 40 miles off the southern Philippines coast, the BBC reports.

Authorities say Bajorat must have died more than four days before they discovered his body.

Dry winds, the salty air, and high temperatures preserved his body, which the sailors discovered still sitting on a chair near the radio telephone, his head against the desk.

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The fishermen say they discovered photo albums of his family and friends lying around the mostly underwater cabin, with clothes and tins of food nearby as well, the Daily Mail reports.

Upon performing the autopsy, police say they do not believe foul play was involved.

“We have no evidence of a second person aboard and no weapon was found on the yacht,” Philippines police spokeswoman Goldie Lou Siega explained.

Meanwhile, a fellow sailor - who calls himself Dieter-  said that Bajorat was too experienced to “have sailed into a storm.”

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“I believe the mast broke after Manfred was already dead,” he added.

Instead, authorities believe the man must have died from natural causes.

“The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack,” Dr Mark Benecke, a German forensic criminologist, said.

Officials are currently trying to trace Bajorat’s family.

So far they have learned the man had a wife, Claudia,  who passed away in 2010 from cancer at 53. They’d often travel together in earlier years, but the couple separated in 2008

It is believed his daughter, Nina, is a freight vessel captain.

“Thirty years we've been together on the same path," Bajorat once said of his wife in a memorial. “Then the power of the demons was stronger than the will to live. You're gone. May your soul find its peace.”

Bajorat sailed the world’s seas for 20 years. From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the Agean, it is reported he posted regular Facebook updates about his travels on his yacht, the Sajo.

Sources: BBCDaily Mail / Photo Credit: Barobo Police Station via Daily Mail
 

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