THE body of a German adventurer has been discovered inside his abandoned yacht – mummified.
The grisly discovery came after two fishermen off the coast of the Philippines alerted authorities to a drifting vessel.
The cadaver, which was found near the boat’s radio telephone, belongs to Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59.
It is yet unclear how long Mr Bajorat has been missing, but sightings of him have not been reported since 2009.
Local 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 German city of Cologne, told BILD newspaper: “The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack.”
As authorities tried to put together the circumstances of Mr Bajorat’s death, details of his private life have started to emerge.
He began his travels with his wife in 2008, but the couple subsequently split up. She later died from cancer.
In 2009 Mr Bajorat is said to have met another sailor, identified only as Dieter.
Mr Dieter told Bild Mr Bajorat was an “experienced sailor.”
He said: “I don’t believe he would have sailed into a storm.
“I believe the mast broke after Manfred was already dead.”
The German embassy in the Philippino capital, Manilla, has been notified and is now working on locating Mr Bajorat’s family.
He is believed to have a daughter who works as the captain of a freight vessel.