Mummified body of missing adventurer found slumped at desk of yacht adrift at sea for years

By Petrus Malherbe
01 March 2016

Two fishermen from Barobo on the west coast of the Philippines were packing up to go home for the day when they noticed a strange vessel with a ragged sail drifting just off the coast.

WARNING: This story contains a graphic photo

Christopher says they spotted the yacht about 60 km from the coast and could see from a distance that the sail was torn. PHOTO: Barobo Police Station Christopher says they spotted the yacht about 60 km from the coast and could see from a distance that the sail was torn. PHOTO: Barobo Police Station

They decided to investigate. But nothing could have prepared Christopher Rivas (23) and his friend for what they discovered on board.

Slumped at the yacht's desk was the mummified corpse of 59-year-old German Manfred Bajorat.

The missing adventurer is said to have taken his yacht the SAYO around the world in the past 20 years. In the cabin were various personal items belonging to Manfred, including photo albums, clothes and canned food.

This old photo of the explorer was found aboard the vessel. PHOTO: Christopher says they spotted the yacht about 60 km from the coast and could see from a distance that the sail was torn. PHOTO: Barobo Police Station This old photo of the explorer was found aboard the vessel. PHOTO: Barobo Police Station

It was unclear how long Manfred had been dead. The cause of death is unknown.

The salty sea air and high temperatures were apparently responsible for how well his body was preserved.

PHOTO: Barobo Police Station PHOTO: Barobo Police Station

Meanwhile his remains have been taken to a morgue in Butuan, where a post mortem will be done.

Police spokesperson Goldie Lou, said there was no evidence of a second person having been aboard and no weapon was found.

The possibility that Manfred died of a heart attack is being investigated.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Mirror, Huffington Post

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