Mummified German Sea Captain found in yacht adrift at sea.

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Mummified German Sea Captain found in yacht adrift at sea.


Post by Raffles » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:38 pm

The mystery of the mummified body of a German adventurer who was found dead on his yacht off the coast of the Philippines has taken a new twist after a haunting note and photos were uncovered.
Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, whose body was discovered by two fishermen, wrote a thirty-two word memorium to his beloved wife Claudia, who died from cancer aged 53 on May 2 2010.
'Thirty years we're been together on the same path. Then the power of the demons was stronger than the will to live. You're gone. May your soul find its peace. Your Manfred,' it read.

These tragic final words were discovered on a forum for sailors on the Internet called
Mr Bajorat's body was found sitting near to the radio telephone as if he was trying one last desperate Mayday call to save himself when he died.
Christopher Rivas, 23, a resident of P-4 Poblacion, in Barobo, was fishing together with a friend nearly 40 miles from the coast when he spotted the yacht, painted white and whose sail was broken from afar.

The 40-foot long yacht, named SAYO, had been cruising around the world for the past 20 years.
Inside the cabin, much of which was underwater, were found photo albums apparently showing his wife, family and friends, and clothes and tins of food were strewn all around.
It is unclear how long Manfred, who has been identified thanks to paperwork on board, has been dead or what killed him - although authorities believe there was no foul play involved.

A friend told BILD that he last heard of him one year ago on Facebook for his birthday.
Dry ocean winds, hot temperatures and the salty air helped preserve his body.
Police are trying to retrace his last voyages and find the last people to speak with him.
He broke up with his wife in 2008, who had been on his travels with him, and she died two years later of cancer.
Photos from an album in the cabin have been uncovered, showing a family in happier times which testify to the life on land that Manfred sailed away from.
One image shows a wife, his daughter Nina, a friend and his partner, enjoying a picnic on a wooden table beneath sun dappled trees.
Another badly battered picture shows Manfred and a baby, presumably his daughter, with the words: 'Our first time with our little Button on the sea.'
Other fragments are snapshopts of Notre Dame in Paris and Claudia and Manfred enjoying a drink at a Parisian sidewalk cafe with the wording above; 'Drink Coca Cola.'
Yet another shows more familiar landmarks of the French capital including the grave of the Unknown Warrior and the Arc de Triomphe.
Other pictures from inside the yacht show the state of chaos in which it was found - clothing, footwear, books, paper - among the detritus. And a touch of humour too in the sign screwed into a bulkhead: 'This is a swell ship for the skipper....but a hell ship for the crew.'
In 2009 in Mallorca he met another world sailor called Dieter who told Germany's BILD newspaper: 'He was a very experienced sailor. I don't believe he would have sailed into a storm. I believe the mast broke after Manfred was already dead.'
His body was taken for an autopsy in Butuan City, the yacht was towed for a police inspection into the port of Barobo.

Following the post-mortem, a spokesman from the Barobo police station told MailOnline that there is no evidence of 'foul play'.
'The doctor believes that the man died of natural causes, and there is no evidence of foul play,' he said.
Police spokeswoman Goldie Lou Siega in the Philippines said; 'We have no evidence of a second person aboard and no weapon was found on the yacht.'
Dr Mark Benecke, a forensic criminologist in the city of Cologne, told BILD: 'The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack.'
The German embassy in Manila is working with local officials to trace his family in Germany. It is believed he has a daughter called Nina who works as the captain of a freight vessel.
Manfred had crisscrossed the world's oceans in 20 years at sea, clocking up over half a million nautical miles.

He sailed the Atlantic, he sailed the Pacific, he sailed around the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Agean and, as a younger man, the waters of the Baltic bordering northern Germany.
Not all of it was done on his yacht: he was aboard the freighter Hyundai Renaissance on August 1 2008 when he crossed the equator en-route from Singapore to Durban, south Africa.
A certificate found aboard his shattered yacht showed he had adopted the nickname 'Tiger shark' to mark the event - a milestone in the lives of all mariners.
He posted regular updates on his Facebook page of his travels on the 160,000 pound yacht.
Martinique in the Caribbean was one of the favourite places visited by himself and his wife, Claudia, the place where she was buried after she passed away in 2010.
Manfred came from the western German Ruhr region. According to German media reports, he hated that hard winters of his homeland and took to the seas to find warmer climes.

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Sjoe :rip:

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Post by happyskipper » Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:04 pm

Unusual....... Most mummified sea captains are found in the pub! :beer3:

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Racers found and left dead German drifting in yacht: organisers


Post by Les Nessman » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:10 pm

Sailors on a round-the-world race found and left a dead German whose body was discovered on a yacht adrift off the southern Philippines, event organisers said.

The LMAX Exchange team saw the yacht about 870 kilometres (470 nautical miles) west of Guam on January 31 and a crew member discovered the decomposing body in the cabin, the Clipper Round the World Race said in a statement.

"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," it said, quoting a statement put out by the team.

Organisers relayed the discovery to the US Coast Guard in Guam before instructing the team to carry on racing as it could provide no further assistance, it added.

The boat then drifted for 25 days across more than 1,200 kilometres of water before Filipino fishermen found the dismasted and listing white-hulled vessel off the east coast of Mindanao island.

Filipino police said the by-then mummified body found slumped over a table in the cabin was likely that of German national Manfred Fritz Bajorat, the presumed owner of the 13-metre (44-foot) yacht.

"(I)t was out of respect that we chose not to publicise the full details of the finding. We hoped to avoid causing unnecessary alarm within the international sailing community by announcing the death of a then unknown sailor," the race organisers said.

The Clipper race announcement, published on its website on Tuesday, appeared to put in doubt a Filipino police autopsy findings the man had died of a heart attack about a week before the fishermen found him.

The US embassy in Manila referred AFP's requests for comment to the US Coast Guard in Hawaii, which did not immediately reply to emailed questions.

Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo told AFP he was unaware of the case having been relayed by the US authorities.

Bajorat was a 59-year-old veteran yachtsman who left his native Germany two decades ago and was then widowed several years ago, Germany's Bild daily earlier reported, quoting an old friend.

Bajorat had told the friend a year ago that he wanted to go on another around-the-world trip, Bild added.

Police in Barobo town, where the yacht was taken, told AFP on Wednesday their superiors were not available to discuss the case.

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Post by Raffles » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:11 pm

So the US coast guard in Guam ignored the message?

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