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Mummified Sailor: Video Reveals Moment Body Of Manfred Fritz Bajorat Found Aboard Ghost Yacht

08/03/2016 17:18 GMT | Updated 08/03/2016 17:59 GMT

Footage has emerged of the terrifying moment a sailor discovered the mummified body of a man on a ghost yacht which had been adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

The video, captured on a GoPro, shows the sailor - who was part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - swimming over to the damaged yacht before climbing aboard.

As he investigates, he initially tells his colleagues that there is no one aboard, before exclaiming in horror as he clambers down into the cabin.

Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found earlier this month, 40 miles from the coast of the Philippines, on his yacht, Sayo, which was last sighted seven years ago.

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The mummified body of German adventurer Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found aboard a yacht which had been drifting around the world

An autopsy revealed that Bajorat suffered a heart attack around a week before his body was found.

Philippine National police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor said: "The cause of death is acute myocardial infarction based on the autopsy by (the) regional crime laboratory.

“The German national is estimated to have been dead for more or less seven days.”

The 59-year-old was discovered hunched over a desk near the radio telephone of his 40ft yacht.

The cabin was strewn with photo albums, clothes and tins of food and next to the decomposing sailor's body was a pile of family photographs, and a letter addressed to his late wife, Claudia, who died of cancer in 2010 - two years after the pair split up.

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According to the Mirror, the note read: "Thirty years we're been together on the same path. Then the power of the demons was stronger than the will to live.

"You're gone. May your soul find its peace. Your Manfred."

The mast of Bajorat's yacht was broken and much of the cabin was underwater when it was found.