The dried up and mummified remains of a German sailor has been discovered inside an abandoned yacht off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur last week. The mummy appeared slouched on a table, reaching out for his radio to call out for help.
A police report of the incident identified the sailor as 59-year-old German national Manfred Fritz Bajorat. Forensic experts estimated that Bajorat had been dead for at least four days before his body was found.
The report said a local fisherman along with his companions discovered Bajorot’s body while on their way back home from their fishing activities last Thursday (February 25). They then decided to haul the yacht to the municipality of Barobo and alerted the authorities of their discovery.
The local government for its part has already coordinated with the German Embassy to help locate the German skipper’s family.
According to the New York Post, the cause of death has yet to be identified but investigators haven't found any signs of foul play. “We have no evidence of a second person aboard and no weapon was found on the yacht,” Barobo police spokeswoman Goldie Lou Siega said.
The report also added that Bajorot’s wallet was missing but items of value including a hand radio and GPS remained intact which lowers the probability of a robbery attempt.
Forensic experts explained that, based on his body posture, he may have succumbed to a heart attack. They believe Bajorot’s body was naturally preserved by the dry climate and salty air, giving his corpse a mummified effect.
It remains to be known how long Bajorat, who was reportedly described as an “experienced sailor,” had been missing. He was last seen on land in 2009 when he met up with a fellow sailor.