'Mummified' sailor found near the Philippines
01 March 2016, 13:35
Manila - Philippine police say they're trying to determine the identity and cause of death of a sailor who was found dead while sitting slumped on a table by the radio of a wayward yacht found adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Police Chief Inspector Dominador Plaza says the gray decomposing remains of the man resembled a mummy, adding mystery to his death.
His body was discovered aboard a white yacht found last week by Filipino fishermen off the southeastern province of Surigao del Sur.
Plaza said on Tuesday that documents found in the damaged yacht showed that it was apparently owned by a German identified as Manfred Fritz Bajorat, adding that investigators have to determine whether he was the dead sailor on board.
The German Embassy in Manila refused to comment.