Instagram model hanged on yacht called family in tears before she died

Instagram model found hanged on billionaire’s yacht called her family in tears days before she died

Instagram model found hanged on billionaire’s $190million superyacht had called her family in tears over ‘incident with crew member’ just hours before she died, lawyer reveals

  • 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
  • Her family lawyer say she called them in tears about ‘incident with crew member’
  • Sinead’s mother Kylie and sister Lauren were due to meet her day after death 
  • Just 24 hours earlier she danced and drank vodka cocktails with friends at a bar 
  • For confidential support call Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14 

The Australian instagram model found hanged off the back of a billionaire’s super yacht had called her family in tears just hours before she died, it was revealed today.

Sinead McNamara, 20, rang mum Kylie to tell her about an incident with another crew member on board the $190 million Mayan Queen IV, which was docked in Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia.

She also spoke to her brother Jake during her last anguished phone call in the early hours of last Friday, shortly before her body was discovered, the family’s lawyer Charalampos Triantafyllopoulos revealed.

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Sinead McNamara (pictured) had called her family in tears just hours before she was found hanged off the back of a billionaire’s super yacht, it was revealed today

The Australian instagram model, 20, rang mum Kylie to tell her about an incident with another crew member on board the £150 million Mayan Queen IV, which was docked in Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia

She also spoke to her brother Jake (pictured right) during her last anguished phone call in the early hours of last Friday, shortly before her body was discovered, the family’s lawyer Charalampos Triantafyllopoulos revealed


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Sinead’s family claim she had been happy and enjoying her work as a stewardess on the six-storey yacht, which is owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Baillères

Prior to that, the family claim Sinead had been happy and enjoying her work as a stewardess on the six-storey yacht, which is owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Baillères.

Her mother and sister, Lauren Carr, were on route to Kefalonia from their home in Australia when she died.

They had been due to meet her the following day and are believed to have been informed of the news of her death while in transit.

The family are now demanding answers as to why there was an apparent delay in airlifting her to a hospital in Athens.

A doctor on board the yacht is understood to have tried to resuscitate her before she was taken to a hospital in Argostoli.

She was there for several hours, Mr Triantafyllopoulos told Greek media, until a helicopter could transfer her to a private clinic in Athens.

In a statement, he said: ‘The family expects the Greek authorities to respond to the causes and circumstances of her death and incidents that occurred just prior.

‘The deceased had telephoned her mother and brother shortly before the unfortunate incident under investigation.

‘She was crying and referred to an incident that took place on the yacht with another crew member.

Ms McNamara’s mother Kylie and sister Lauren were on their way to Greece when the grim discovery was made. They are expected to bring her body back to Australia on Tuesday

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

Just 24 hours before she died, Ms McNamara was partying with crew members at Baroque bar (pictured) in the seaside town of Argostoli. The bar’s manager said she was drinking cocktails and appeared ‘happy’ during the night out

The family now want to ‘thoroughly investigate both the events and incidents that preceded the death of their 20-year-old daughter’, the family lawyer said.  They want to know why there was an apparent delay in airlifting her to a hospital in Athens once her body was discovered

A doctor on board the yacht is understood to have tried to resuscitate her before she was taken to a hospital in Argostoli. She was there for several hours, Mr Triantafyllopoulos told Greek media, until a helicopter could transfer her to a private clinic in Athens 

‘The family state that Sinead was not having any problems, she often communicated with them and she was happy. In two days she will return to her family and her friends in Australia.

‘The parents believe it crucial to thoroughly investigate both the events and incidents that preceded the death of their 20-year-old daughter.

‘In addition, they are looking for the reasons for the long delay between the time of the unfortunate incident and Sinead’s transfer to an Athens hospital.

‘She had been unconscious for several hours in a comatose condition and every minute was critical to her life.

‘Expressing their trust in the Greek authorities, they hope that the critical issues above will be thoroughly explored and that they will receive appropriate answers for the sudden and unexpected death of their daughter, ”

Greek authorities have seized CCTV footage from the cameras on the yacht but at this stage believe her death to be suicide.

The MailOnline revealed how just 24-hours before she died, Ms McNamara had enjoyed a ‘happy’ night out dancing and drinking with friends.

Sinead’s family insist she was happy before her death as investigations continue. Greek authorities seized CCTV from the yacht but at this stage believe her death to be suicide.  Mayan Queen IV left the port on Sunday night after being detained by the local authorities

Despite posting idyllic pictures on social media, Sinead penned a cryptic Instagram post (pictured) two weeks ago

However last Monday she had posted on Facebook that she was excited to see ‘the most amazing big sister I could ever ask for’ (pictured)

She visited the Baroque bar in Argostoli on Wednesday night and drank two vodka-based cocktails – one called Dragon’s Breath and another called Mango Mangave.

Later in the evening she was seen dancing on a chair.

Bar manager Makais Chaliodis said: ‘I saw the news and recognised her picture.

‘She had come to the bar with five of her friends on the Wednesday about 5.30pm.

‘She sat on one of the stools by the bar with two male friends and had two cocktails and a club sandwich.

‘One of her companions also bought a round of Tequilas but I don’t know if she had one.

The coroner who carried out the autopsy on Ms McNamara told MailOnline he advised against her family going to visit her body at the morgue, saying it was in ‘such a bad state’

‘I have unfortunately received the worst news of my life, (Sinead, pictured) has passed away,’ her brother Jake McNamara said after being told of her death

The Instagram influencer died while being airlifted from the Mayan Queen IV (pictured) to an Athens hospital

The luxury yacht she was working on is owned by Mexican businessman Alberto Bailleres (pictured) who is worth an estimated $9.6billion

‘They all seemed to be in high spirits and were happy. They were having a good time.

‘They left at 7.30pm but some of them, including the girl who died, came back at 1am.

‘The last time I saw her she had got up on one of the chairs and was dancing.

‘She must have only been here for no more than 30 minutes the second time and then she left.’

Back on board the Mayan Queen, she was seen talking to a security guard about 15-minutes before she was found dead.

Officers in Greece are reviewing photographs and messages found on her phone after some crew members told police that Sinead was struggling with a bad breakup.

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’

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The news comes after it was revealed that Ms McNamara may have suffered a bad breakup in the days leading up to her death.

Police are now reviewing photographs and messages found on her phone after some of her crew members told police she had recently split with her boyfriend, according to local media reports.

The yacht’s CCTV cameras, which are believed to have captured her final moments, are also now a key part of the investigation.

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 at the back of the vessel at 1.45am.

On Tuesday a coroner confirmed her cause of death was hanging, but said results of additional toxicology tests could take months to come back. 

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 MailOnline: ‘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 and sister against going to the morgue, saying they should not ‘see her (body) in such a bad state’.

A captain of another luxury yacht docked alongside the Mayan Queen IV made the grisly discovery of Ms McNamara’s body.

The captain, who asked not to be named,detailed how he tried desperately to save her life – but his efforts were ultimately in vain. 

After spotting her body the captain shouted out. But when he received no response, he began screaming for help.

A police patrol passing Mayan Queen IV did not see the young woman’s body, he claimed.

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 Mayan Queen IV finally left the port on Sunday night after being detained by the local port 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. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is offering 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.’

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