Discovery of the sailing mummy caught in terrifying video


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Discovery of the sailing mummy caught in terrifying video

 

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This is the moment a shocked sailor finds a mummified mariner on board a yacht drifting off the coast of the Philippines.

A crew member on board a round-the-world race yacht swam out to the stranded vessel after it was spotted in the Pacific.

Video courtesy of Clipper Race

When he first boarded the yacht he reported to his crew mates that it seemed completely empty.

It was only when he headed inside that he made the grim discovery of the remains of German Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59.

Footage shows the unnamed sailor boarding Bajorat’s yacht before radioing back to his teammates.

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The mummified body of German sailor Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found on a yacht floating off the Philippines.Photo: ZUMA Press

The LMAX Exchange team found the stricken boat, Sayo, on January 31 during its crossing from Australia to Vietnam.

After liaising with the US Coast Guard in Guam, the team was told to carry on racing.

The USCG Guam then took over the investigation.

Clipper Race Director Justin Taylor also notified the German Embassy who informed the German Police and Coast Guard.

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Manfred Fritz BajoratPhoto: Barabo Police Department

They were then able to trace Bajorat’s next of kin via the boat registration details.

A statement made by the team reports: “The crew of LMAX Exchange spotted a boat adrift off the coast of Guam.

“In the spirit of the Clipper Race and the crew of team LMAX Exchange, we put the racing aside in the hope of assisting the stricken vessel and any fellow sailors marooned.

“After boarding the drifting vessel, we unfortunately discovered the body of a lone sailor.

“We remained on site, under instruction, until released by the USCG who continued with the recovery.

“As a team we found comfort that he was found and that peace will be given to his friends and family who have been looking for him.

“Our words and thoughts were shared for the sailor as he now rests in peace.”

Although they made reference to the boat’s discovery in a report, race organisers initially chose not to publicise the full details of the finding.

A statement said: “We hoped to avoid causing unnecessary alarm within the international sailing community by announcing the death of a then unknown sailor.”

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People inspect Bajorat’s partially capsized boat.Photo: Getty Images

The statement added that the sailor who made the discovery had found the experience “quite distressing”.

The vessel – and its “passenger” – was not rediscovered until February 25 when two fishermen found it 40 miles off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur.

By this time it had drifted a further 1,000 nautical miles.

When the fishermen discovered the vessel pictures emerged that went around the world showing the mummified body.

His hand seemed hand seemed to be reaching for a radio telephone as if making one last bid to send a Mayday message.



At first it was feared Mr Bajorat may have fallen victim to pirates but an autopsy revealed he had died of a heart attack.

He had been sailing alone since the death of his wife Claudia, 53, in 2010.

He buried her on the Caribbean island of Martinique.

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