Clipper finds body of lost sailor
LMAX Exchange makes grisly discovery of mummified German
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.