German found dead on yacht off coast of Surigao del Sur

February 27, 2016 5:07 pm

A STILL unidentified man believed to be a German was found dead Friday afternoon on board a yacht drifting in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur, police reports said on Saturday.

Reports reaching the PNP National Operation Center, in Camp Crame, said the Barobo Municipal Police Station (MPS) received a phone call at around 4 p.m. from a concerned citizen that a yacht was seen floating off the coast of the said town.

Christopher Rivas, 23, a resident of P-4 Poblacion, in Barobo, was fishing together with an unidentified companion when he spotted the yacht, painted white and whose sail was broken, from afar. The fishermen approached and came aboard the vessel to check it out.

Rivas said he saw the lifeless body of an adult male that was already in a state of decomposition and sitting at the right portion of the yacht, believed to be the radio room.

The fishermen then towed the yacht toward the shores of Barobo, and called the police.

Police reports said the yacht probably belongs to a certain Manfred Fritz Bajorat, a German national, and that the boat’s name was “SAJO.”

Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard and a rescue team from Barobo arrived in the area, as while the police made a request to the Scene of Crime Operative, from Crime Laboratory, in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, for the examination and proper disposition of the recovered cadaver. ANTHONY VARGAS

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