Man found mummified on yacht died from heart attack only 1 week prior
On Friday, February 26, the mummified body of German explorer Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found in his battered and drifting yacht.
The recently revealed autopsy results confirm the man had, as investigators suspected, died of a heart attack.
That fatal event occurred only about a week before the vessel was discovered floating in the waters off the coast of the southern Philippines.
Forensics experts explained to a German news outlet that rapid mummification can occur in environments such as the one where Bajorat was found.
When combined, tropical temperatures, salty air, and dry winds serve as accelerants in the preservation process.
Authorities were able to identify the body by examining documents found onboard the vessel.