Friday, March 04, 2016
NOT A BAD WAY TO GO
A German adventure sailor off the coast of Barobo in the Philippines died of a heart attack according to medical authorities. His mummified body was found Feb. 26/16 aboard his partially sunken yacht. An autopsy confirmed that Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, died a week before he was discovered on the partially sunken 40-foot yacht. The body was sitting at a navigation table near a VHF radio attempting a final call.
Forensics experts 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 partially submerged cabin were found photo albums of Bajorat’s wife and family. 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 on board 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.
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