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November 29, 2016

Fishermen Find Lost Sailor’s Boat

Lonely Vessel At Sea

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The Sayo was floating around at sea on its own mission. It appeared to have been abandoned when two fisherman came along and found the drifting yacht on February 27, 2016. The sight of the ship was both interesting and eerie.

Boarding It

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It was found drifting 40 miles off the banks of Surigao del Sur in the Philippines. When the two fishermen went on board, they found something absolutely terrifying. So, they towed the boat to shore for the local authorities.

Manfred Fritz Bajorat

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The 59-year-old captain, Manfred Fritz Bajorat loved the sea. He loved the adventure of traveling the world. He had navigated over 500,000 nautical miles in his 20 years at sea.

A Swell Ship

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Sailing the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, he had also navigated the Caribbean and Mediterranean as well as the Aegean Sea. He was an accomplished captain. So, what happened?

What Was Inside?

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Some of the things they found were disturbing enough. Bajorat’s clothing and documents were sorted through because they might lead to clues of his whereabouts. But, the investigation was far from over.

More Of His Stuff

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The local authorities documented everything. The cabin was in complete disarray. Bajorat’s items haphazardly placed wherever. But, they were about to get to the bottom of their investigation.

His Supplies

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The sight of the state of everything was enough to turn a person’s stomach. These might have been his last supplies he had left. But, what happened to Bajorat?

Old Pictures

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If pictures could talk, these would tell the story of Bajorat. Born in the Ruhr region of Germany, he hated the cold. This would lead him to travel the world in the tropical regions where he was able to find the sun.

A Barbecue

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He had lived a full life and had many friends. Some of them even talked about his sailing experience. They had no idea what could have happened to him aboard his own ship because he was such an experienced sailor.

In Spain

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Bajorat had met the lady of his life, Claudia. They explored the world together for over thirty years. She loved traveling with him. But, that life would eventually come to an end for them.

RIP Claudia

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Claudia left his boat and divorced him in 2008. Bajorat took sail again on the Sayo, but this time it would be his last trip. Sadly, Claudia passed away in 2010 and Bajorat wrote a tribute to her, “Thirty years we’ve been together on the same path. Then the power of demons was stronger than the will to live. You’re gone. May your soul find peace. Your Manfred.”

Bajorat’s Final Destination

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He was found slumped by the radio telephone aboard the Sayo. That’s enough to freak out the fishermen who entered first. But, how did it happen? It would take an examiner to figure that out.

Bajorat Slumped Over

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Forensic criminologist Dr. Mark Benecke had a theory, “The way he is sitting seems to indicate that death was unexpected, perhaps from a heart attack.” That would have been the most horrific death. Trying to contact someone out in the middle of nowhere where there is no help at all.

A Baby Picture

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But, another mystery arose. The pictures that were left behind were used to identify Bajorat. But, something else came up in the investigation. What does a picture of a baby mean?

Bajorat With A Little Boy

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Is it possible that Claudia and Bajorat had a child? Is it possible that somewhere in this world is a young adult who has no idea what happened to his father? That appears to be a new mystery that needed solved.

Who Is The Kid?

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What would that have been like? Raised by a couple who explored the sea together until their divorce a few years before Claudia’s passing. Then, to not know where your father was because he had also passed on his favorite ship while out at sea. Who is the young man and is it possible finding his father brought him peace?

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