The mummified corpse of a German adventurer has been found on his abandoned yacht of the coast of the Philippines. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, had not been seen for years was discovered by fishermen on board his yacht Sajo off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur. It is not known how long Bajorat had been drifting out at sea, but Barobo police believe he was last seen in 2009. However, an apparent friend of the sailor said he last heard of him one year ago on Facebook on his birthday. There is also no evidence of foul play in the 59-year-old's death.

"We have no evidence of a second person aboard and no weapon was found on the yacht," reported AFP. Dr Mark Benecke, a forensic criminologist in the city of Cologne, told German newspaper Bild: "The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack." Goldie Lou Siega, a spokesperson for Barobo Police said.

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The body was found slumped over the yacht's radio telephone, as if about to make a mayday call Barobo Police
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Document on board have led to police believing the body is of Manfred Fritz Bajorat Barobo Police