Mummy-looking dead sailor found in yacht off Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine police said Tuesday that they were trying to determine the identity and cause of death of a man found dead while sitting slumped in a yacht that was drifting in the Pacific Ocean and which was apparently owned by a German adventurer.

See Full Article

Police Chief Inspector Dominador Plaza said the grey decomposing remains of the man resembled a mummy, adding mystery to his death. His body was discovered near the radio in the cabin of a white yacht found last week by Filipino fishermen off the southeastern province of Surigao del Sur.

There were no visible signs of foul play, like a gunshot or stabbing wound, Plaza said.

"Initially, it looks to us that he died of natural causes, maybe a heart attack," he said by phone. "And death appears to have come suddenly because he was still sitting by the table when he passed away."

Plaza said initial estimates show the man had been dead in the hot enclosed cabin for at least several days, but that authorities were awaiting an autopsy report due this week for a more accurate finding.

The 12-metre-long sailboat's mast was broken, maybe in a storm, police said.

Documents found in the yacht showed that it was apparently owned by a German adventurer identified as Manfred Fritz Bajorat, Plaza said, adding that investigators still have to determine whether he was the dead man.

Mayor Felixberto Urbiztondo of Surigao del Sur's coastal town of Barobo, where fishermen towed the damaged yacht and the body was brought, said a daughter of Bajorat called to say her family was planning to travel to the Philippines to help investigators confirm whether the man was her father.

If the man was Bajorat, Urbiztondo said the man's family plans to have him cremated before bringing him back home.

The German Embassy in Manila refused to comment and referred questions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Schwarzenegger talks climate change with French president

    World News CTV News
    PARIS - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the environment shouldn't be a partisan issue. The actor-turned-Republican politician told reporters in Paris on Friday that he had a "wonderful" one-hour meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. Source
  • Offspring of famous Toronto capybaras named after members of Rush

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The offspring of Toronto's wandering capybaras now have names -- Alex, Geddy and Neil, for members of the band Rush. The High Park Zoo says the "capybabies" were born in February to famed escape artists Bonnie and Clyde. Source
  • Intel leaks on the rise: CIA chief

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fuelled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden. “In some ways, I do think it’s accelerated,” Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. Source
  • UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

    World News CTV News
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands. Source
  • Quebecers take part in Fete Nationale celebrations

    Canada News CTV News
    Quebecers are taking part in Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Fete Nationale du Quebec festivities in the lead up to Canada 150 celebrations. The festivities mark the province’s national holiday to celebrate the culture and heritage of Canada’s francophones and how they have shaped the country. Source
  • Schwarzenegger, Macron riff on Trump's campaign slogan in selfie video

    World News CBC News
    Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron are showing their commitment to fighting climate change — and their condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump — in a not-so-subtle selfie video. The pair met at the Elysée Palace in Paris Friday to discuss environmental matters. Source
  • Toronto's 'capybaby' triplets named after famous rock trio Rush

    Canada News CBC News
    The offspring of Toronto's wandering capybaras now have names — Alex, Geddy and Neil, for members of the band Rush. The High Park Zoo says the "capybabies" were born in February to famed escape artists Bonnie and Clyde. Source
  • Massive China landslide buries more than 120 people [Photos]

    World News Toronto Sun
    BEIJING — More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said. Source
  • Martha wins World's Ugliest Dog contest [Photos] [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    PETALUMA, Calif. — The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in California is celebrating the inner beauty and imperfections of man’s best friend on Friday. The pooches — many of which are adoptable or previously adopted — will face off in a red carpet walk and “Faux Paw Fashion Show,” organizers said. Source
  • German court removes 3 judges in Auschwitz trial over bias

    World News CTV News
    BERLIN - A German court has removed three judges found to be biased in the often-delayed trial of a former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp. The German news agency dpa reported Saturday that the Neubrandenburg state court appointed three new judges on Friday. Source