Recently, two fisherman were working hard and earning their living off the coast of the Philippines, when they suddenly noticed a yacht in the distance. Its sails were destroyed and seemed to have been abandoned at sea for a long time. The two fishermen were about to call it a day but were curious about the yacht. They decided to pull closer and check it out…
When they boarded the abandoned ship, the men came upon a macabre sight. They discovered a mummified German sailor in the drifting yacht…
After realizing that a dead man was aboard, the Filipino fishermen called the police saying they “noticed a male person lifeless subject for decomposition sitting at the right portion of the boat believe to be the radio room.”
Because they were honorable men, they could not let the dead man float alone at sea anymore. The fishermen towed the yacht back to port where police launched an investigation.
“While on the way, the reportee contacted his friends thru handheld radio about the recovered yacht,” the police Facebook post read.
Police found documents that identified the mummified corpse as Manfred Fritz Bajorat, a 59-year-old German. But the forensics team couldn’t determine when or where he died because the dry ocean winds had completely mummified his remains.
The investigators didn’t see any signs of foul play. The pictures of the corpse show Bajorat slumped over “like he was sleeping.”
Perhaps he died of a sudden heart attack or stroke at sea since he was all alone in the boat.
Australian news reached out to a forensic Egyptologists in order to ask them about the possibilities of Bajorat being mummified out at sea while in the cabin of his luxury yacht.
“All that you need is the right conditions so the body does not decompose,” the Egyptologist said.
“For a body to mummify naturally — so, different to the ancient Egyptians, who mummified bodies artificially — the conditions need to be dry with a bit of a breeze going through. It also helps when the body is in an enclosed area so insects do not attack the body.”
Bajorat has not been seen alive since 2009. But a friend claimed that Bajorat contacted him on social media sometime during 2015.
The German man’s belongings were scattered about the boat. No wallet was found. Photos were found that showed Bajorat and his wife as recently as 2008. That was the year the two separated and she died of cancer just two years afterwards.
The last confirmed contact with Bajorat was a tribute to his late wife in a forum for German sailors that reads:
“Thirty years we’ve been together on the same path. Then the power of the demons was stronger than the will to live. You’re gone. May your soul find its peace. Your Manfred”
Based on this message, it seems that losing his wife was a terrible blow to the sailor and adventurer.
What do you think happened to this lone German sailor? Did he die of natural causes or was it heart break that killed him?