A German adventure sailor whose mummified body was found Feb. 26 aboard his partially sunken yacht off the coast of Barobo in the Philippines died of a heart attack.
An autopsy confirmed that Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, died a week before his body was discovered on the partially sunken 40-foot yacht, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
Eerily, the body was sitting at a navigation table near a VHF radio, as if the solo sailor were attempting a final call. A German newspaper cited forensics experts who said tropical heat, dry wind and salty sea air can quickly preserve or mummify a corpse.
A local fisherman came across Sayo about 40 miles offshore. Inside the cabin, much of which was underwater, were found photo albums of Bajorat’s wife, family and friends. He lost his wife to cancer several years ago.
Bajorat was identified from paperwork aboard, but Philippine police did not know where he was going or from where he had sailed.
One document that police photographed indicated the boat had obtained clearance from maritime police in São Vicente in 2013. It was unclear whether the document was issued in Cape Verde or Brazil. Both have ports of the same name.