Fishermen in the Philippines recently discovered a yacht containing the mummified body of a missing German adventurer.
The fishermen said they approached the ship because they saw it drifting with a destroyed sail. 23-year-old Christopher Rivas y Escarten told police that after they saw the decomposing man inside, he and his friends decided to drag the yacht back to shore in Barobo, Surigao del Sur.
Barobo authorities used documents aboard the boat to identify the body as that of 59-year-old Manfred Fritz Bajorat, who had last been seen over seven years ago. He had broken up with his wife (who typically traveled with him) the year before he set sail. She has since died from cancer; it is not clear how long the German has been dead.
A photograph shows his body hunched over a desk with what appears to be a radio near his hand. A forensic criminologist has told reporters that the way Bajorat was sitting suggested he may have died from a heart attack.
A fellow sailor explained, “He was very experienced. I don’t believe he would have sailed into a storm. I believe the mast broke after Manfred was already dead.” Unfortunately, as the old saying goes-- dead men tell no tales.