Manfred Fritz Bajorat's mummified body was discovered on his abandoned yacht
Police said there were no signs of a struggle or any other person on his yacht, fuelling the belief that he may have been trying to call for help after suffering an emergency such as a heart attack.
A picture thought to show the wife of Mr Bajorat
It is believed that his body may have effectively been “mummified” by the ocean winds, hot temperatures and the salty sea air.
Mr Bajorat was identified by paperwork recovered from the boat. The cause of death was not immediately clear, with no signs of foul play, said Inspector Mark Navales.
"It is still a mystery to us," said Insp Navales, deputy police chief of Barabo town on Mindanao island where the body was taken.
The man was found seated at a desk in the radio room, slumped over on his right arm "like he was sleeping”, he added.
The partially mummified body of Manfred Fritz Bajorat
Mr Bajorat had reportedly been sailing around the world for much of the last 20 years. He was initially accompanied by his wife, but the couple split up in 2008 and she subsequently died from cancer.
His 40ft yacht, the Sayo, was spotted floating nearly 40 miles from the coast of the Philippines off Surigao del Sur in the Pacific Ocean two local fishermen.
One of the photographs found onboard the yacht Photo: Barobo Police Station
The vessel was in a battered condition when it was found – the main sail was broken and much of the cabin was underwater. Tins of food, clothes and photo albums were scattered around the cabin.
Another round-the-world yachtsman, identified only as Dieter, told Bild that he met the dead man in Mallorca in 2009.
“He was a very experienced sailor. I don't believe he would have sailed into a storm. I believe the mast broke after Manfred was already dead.”
Police are currently to trace the last people to see Mr Bajorat alive
Goldie Lou Siega, a police spokeswoman, said: “We have no evidence of a second person aboard and no weapon was found on the yacht.'
Dr Mark Benecke, a German forensic criminologist, told Bild: “The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack
Mr Bajorat had reportedly been sailing around the world for much of the last 20 years [사진/기사:The Telegraph]