Sinead McNamara was ‘dealing with a bad breakup before suicide’
Revealed: Instagram model found hanged off the back of a billionaire’s boat was ‘dealing with a bad breakup’ and being consoled by a crew member just minutes before suspected suicide
- Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara, 20, died while working in Greece
- Ms McNamara was found dead while working on board a $190million superyacht
- She was reportedly finishing her last shift when she was found tangled in ropes
- Employee says she was seen talking to a security guard minutes before her death
- Greek media reports she may have been suffering from a bad breakup
- For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14
Sinead McNamara (pictured) died by hanging, a Greek coroner has confirmed. Local media reported on Tuesday she was struggling with a bad break up
An Australian Instagram model, who died after being found hanged off the back of a billionaire’s super yacht, may have suffered from a bad breakup.
Sinead McNamara, 20, was seen being consoled by a colleague, 15 minutes before her body was found at the rear of the $190million Mayan Queen IV as it sat docked in Argostoli, on the Greek Island of Kefalonia.
Her final moments are believed to have been captured on one of the yacht’s CCTV cameras, which is now a key part of the police investigation.
Officers are also reviewing photographs and messages found on her phone after some crew members told police that Ms McNamara was struggling with a bad breakup, according to local media reports on Tuesday.
Ms McNamara is understood to have jumped overboard during the early hours of Friday, just minutes after an anguished conversation with a security guard.
She was found unconscious and tangled in ropes at the back of the vessel at 1.45am.
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Ms McNamara was reportedly being consoled by a colleague just 15 minutes before her death
The Australian Instagram star was found unconscious and tangled in ropes at the back of a super yacht she had been working on as a crew member
The coroner who carried out the autopsy has confirmed that the cause of death was hanging but said results from additional tests could take months to come back.
She had worked her final shift as a stewardess onboard the six-storey yacht and was due to meet her mother and sister the following day after they had flown from Australia especially to see her.
Her body is expected to be flown home on Tuesday afternoon.
A British yacht, the Lady May of Glandore, had been docked next to the Mayan Queen IV when Ms McNamara was last seen alive.
A crew member, who asked not to be named, said: ‘The incident happened overnight when we were asleep.
‘However in the morning it was clear something had happened and I asked someone who was delivering supplies to the Mayan Queen what had gone on.
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‘She had apparently been seen talking to another member of the crew, a security guard, some 15 minutes or so beforehand.
‘I see the guard walking around the yacht at night making sure everything is kept secure.
‘I don’t know if he found the girl and raised the alarm but a captain of another yacht which had been docked on the other side to us went to go and help.
‘He was unsure at first of what was going on and whether it was some sort of prank or hijinks but when he got nearer he could see that it was serious.’
She was working as a stewardess on board the luxury yacht, completing her last shift only hours before she died
A passing captain spotted the 20-year-old’s body as it lay on the back deck of the Mayan Queen IV (pictured), a AUD$190million superyacht docked at the Greek port Argostoli
Argostoli’s Harbour Master, Mrs Panagota Kolovou, said: ‘An investigation is under way but I’m afraid we cannot release any details.’
However, a source at the Coastguard told Daily Mail: ‘She was found at the back of the yacht attached to one of the mooring ropes.
‘The yacht had been docked immediately outside the Coastguard offices, which are manned 24-hours a day, so we were able to react to the situation quickly.’
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.
The captain of the boat, who asked not to be named, told news.com.au that he saw Ms McNamara’s body about 1.45am on Friday.
He shouted out to her but after receiving no response, he began screaming for help.
The captain said a police patrol passed the Mayan Queen IV but did not see the young woman’s body.
Ms McNamara’s mother and sister were on their way to Greece to holiday with her when crew on-board the Mayan Queen IV made the grim discovery
A doctor on-board the Mayan Queen IV then tried to resuscitate Ms McNamara for several minutes after being alerted. After falling into a coma she was airlifted to an Athens hospital, but died on the way.
‘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.
The coroner who carried out the autopsy on Ms McNamara told Daily Mail Australia he advised her family against going to visit her body at the morgue, saying it was in ‘such a bad state’
The Instagram influencer was found on the back of Mayan Queen IV (pictured) and died while being airlifted to a hospital in Athens
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.
TRAGIC TIMELINE OF AUSTRALIAN INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER’S DEATH:
May: Sinead McNamara sells all her belongings and flies to Europe to work on-board Mayan Queen IV. She had previously worked on similar superyachts
May – August: Australian Instagram, 20, star travels throughout Europe on the luxury yacht owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres
Tuesday, August 28: Mr Bailleres leaves the ship at the Greek port of Argostoli and heads back to Mexico with his family
Friday, August 31 – 2am: Ms McNamara’s body is spotted at back of the ship by a passing boat
– A doctor on-board works with crew in an effort to resuscitate Ms McNamara
– She is rushed to a local clinic and later flown to an Athens hospital, but dies in the helicopter
– Ms McNamara’s mother and sister are told of her death mid-air on their way to Greece to holiday with her
Saturday, August 1: Port authorities claim early indications suggest the bikini model may have taken her own life
Sunday, August 2: The remaining crew of the Mayan Queen IV are allowed to leave Port of Argostoli
Tuesday, August 4: Coroner rules Ms McNamara died by hanging, telling her mother and sister not to visit her body in the morgue it is in ‘such a bad state’
The luxury yacht is owned by Mexican businessman Alberto Bailleres (pictured) who is worth an estimated $9.6billion
Ms McNamara penned a cryptic Instagram post (pictured) just two weeks before her death
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.
Ms McNamara’s mother, Kylie, and sister Lauren, were mid-air on their way to Greece to visit her when they were told the tragic news
A doctor on-board the superyacht attempted to resuscitate Ms McNamara (pictured) before rushing her to a local clinic. She died while being airlifted to an Athens hospital
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.
Jake McNamara (pictured, right), 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,’ her brother Jake McNamara said (pictured is Ms McNamara)
Ms McNamara posted on Facebook on Monday that she was excited to see ‘the most amazing big sister I could ever ask for’ (pictured)
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’
The 20-year-old had been working as a crew member on the Mayan Queen IV for four months
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.’ (pictured is Ms McNamara)
‘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.’
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Reports from local media indicate that the boat’s owner Mr Bailleres left the seaside town last Tuesday, when the craft was anchored at the island of Kefalonia
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