An Australian Instagram model found unconscious and tangled in ropes at the back of a superyacht died from hanging, a Greek coroner has ruled. Sine
An Australian Instagram model found unconscious and tangled in ropes at the back of a superyacht died from hanging, a Greek coroner has ruled.
Sinead McNamara’s body is due to be flown home on Tuesday, five days after the captain of a neighbouring superyacht spotted her on the back deck of the $190million ‘Mayan Queen IV’, which she had been working on as a crew member.
Ms McNamara, 20, was reportedly working her final shift on the yacht as it sat docked at Argostoli, on the Greek Island of Kafalonia, when she tragically died.
A local coroner who carried out the autopsy confirmed to Daily Mail that the cause of the Instagram star’s death was hanging, but said results from additional tests could take months to come back.
The coroner revealed he had advised Ms McNamara’s mother, Kylie, and her sister, Lauren, against visiting her body in the morgue, saying they should not go ‘to see her in such bad state’.
The captain of another luxury superyacht made the grisly discovery of Ms McNamara’s body, and has detailed how he tried desperately in vain to save her life.
‘We were actually celebrating at first because we thought she had been saved. It was later we heard she had died,’ the captain said.
He said he was deeply affected by the incident.
The bikini model had been working as a crew member on the six-storey superyacht, owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres, since May this year.
She was just hours away from reuniting with her mother and sister who were mid-air on their way to Greece when she died last Thursday.
Having been forced to cancel the holiday of a lifetime, they will now accompany Ms McNamara’s body back to Australia.
The Mayan Queen IV finally left the port on Monday night after being detained by the local authorities until the crime scene had been examined.
All crew members – believed to total 23 – were reportedly onboard as it departed.
The boat’s owner Mr Bailleres, the chair of Mexico’s second-largest mining company, has an estimated worth of $9.6billion.
Mr Bailleres was reportedly not on board the ship at the time of Ms McNamara’s death.
Just two weeks before her death, the young model penned a cryptic Instagram post which takes on a tragic new meaning in light of her sudden passing.
‘My head is all over the shop today. Take me back to this where my only worry was not cracking my skull open,’ she wrote alongside a photo of herself on a quad bike.
Detectives were expected to interview all crew before forensically examining the superyacht.
Ms McNamara’s mother and sister were travelling to Greece to visit the Instagram influencer when they were told of her death.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it has offered support to the McNamara family.
‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Greece,’ a spokeswoman said.
Jake McNamara, the brother of the social media influencer, confirmed her death on Saturday.
‘I have unfortunately received the worst news of my life, (Sinead) has passed away,’ Mr McNamara said.
Ms McNamara was travelling in the seaside town of Pylos on the southwest coast of Greece.
The 20-year-old was active on social media and loved adventure, travel and camping.
Her final post has been inundated with love from her followers offering their condolences to her family and friends.
Just four days ago, Ms McNamara said she was ‘jet skiing around the most beautiful turquoise water in the med,’ referring to the Mediterranean Sea.
Ms McNamara posted on Facebook on Monday that she was excited to see ‘the most amazing big sister I could ever ask for’.
Loved ones posted to Ms McNamara’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, sharing fond memories with the young Instagram model.
One friend said, ‘It was only a few days ago you were messaging me forcing me to come camping with you. You’re such a gorgeous girl lost way to soon.’
Another said ‘You lived more in your short years than most do in a lifetime, thanks for all the memories. Rest easy x’
‘Our souls were so perfectly aligned we were convinced we were the same person. I can’t explain how much I’m going to miss you or how broken I am.’
Australian YouTuber Alex Hayes posted the heartbreaking news to his social media accounts.
The social media star who has more than 650,000 followers on Instagram posted the news to his Instagram story.
‘Life is so precious gone was too soon. Such a beautiful human being. Will cherish all our memories. Rest in Peace you beautiful soul.’