Clipper finds body of lost sailor

LMAX Ex­change makes grisly dis­cov­ery of mum­mi­fied Ger­man

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A CREW mem­ber of Clipper boat LMAX Ex­change was the first to dis­cover the mum­mi­fied body of Ger­man sailor Man­fred Fritz Ba­jo­rat.

Re­ports hit the in­ter­net in early Fe­bru­ary of a stricken yacht con­tain­ing the mum­mi­fied re­mains of the Ger­man sailor frozen in the act of send­ing one fi­nal may­day.

Im­ages of the sailor’s body and per­sonal ef­fects went up on­line af­ter LMAX Ex­change in­ter­cepted the de-masted boat float­ing off the coast of the Philip­pines.

On March 4 an au­topsy of the man re­vealed he had died of a heart at­tack only a week be­fore the boat was dis­cov­ered a se­cond time by fish­er­men about 60 miles off the coast of Suri­gao del Sur, in the Philip­pines.

It is be­lieved that a com­bi­na­tion of trop­i­cal heat, dry wind, and salty sea quickly pre­served or mum­mi­fied the corpse.

Me­dia re­ports from the UK ac­cused the Clipper yacht of fail­ing to ren­der as­sis­tance to the ves­sel.

This is dis­puted by the Clipper Com­pany and is ev­i­denced by the video footage.

“On Jan­uary 31, the LMAX Ex­change team ceased com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing Race 7 of the Clipper 2015-16 ...(race) to ex­am­ine an aban­doned yacht found drift­ing in its path,” the Clipper state­ment read.

“Af­ter board­ing the drift­ing ves­sel, we un­for­tu­nately dis­cov­ered the body of a lone sailor. We re­mained on site, un- der in­struc­tion, un­til re­leased by the USCG who con­tin­ued with the re­cov­ery.”

The video that ac­com­pa­nies this story was sup­plied by Clipper and stops just be­fore the crew mem­ber makes the grisly dis­cov­ery.

A crew mem­ber wear­ing a GOPRO jumps from LMAX Ex­change and is seen climb- ing up on the deck of the Sayo be­fore look­ing below deck and say­ing in French and then English “No­body on board”. The man ad­justs the vol­ume on his ra­dio and looks for a se­cond time and then the clip ends – sec­onds later he makes the dis­cov­ery of a mum­mi­fied body.

GRISLY FIND: LMAX Ex­change en­coun­ters the yacht Sayo off the coast of Guam with the mum­mi­fied re­mains of Ger­man sailor Man­fred Fritz Ba­jo­rat.

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