An Australian Instagram model was found unconscious following her last shift on a superyacht and died from hanging, a Greek coroner ruled.
Sinead McNamara, from Port Macquarie in NSW, was found five days ago when staff on a neighbouring luxurious boat spotted her on the back deck of the AUS $190million (USD $136m / £106m) vessel ‘Mayan Queen IV’, which she had been working on as a crew member.
A local coroner who carried out the autopsy
confirmed to the Daily Mail that the cause of the 20-year-old’s death was hanging, but said results from additional tests could take months to come back.
Ms McNamara had reportedly worked her final shift on the yacht as it sat docked on the Greek Island of Kafalonia when she died.
The captain of another luxury superyacht made the discovery at around 1.45am on Friday (31 August).
He told news.com.au that after shouting to her with no response he began to scream for help, before a doctor on board was alerted and tried to resuscitate Ms McNamara for several minutes. After falling into a coma she was airlifted to an Athens hospital, but died on the way.
The captain told news.com.au: “We were actually celebrating at first because we thought she had been saved. It was later we heard she had died.”
According to the MailOnline, the boat Ms
McNamara was working on is owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres, the chair of Mexico’s second-largest mining company, who has an estimated worth of $9.6billion.
After working on the boat since May, Ms McNamara was just hours away from reuniting with her mother and sister who were mid-air on their way to Greece when she died.
Having been forced to cancel the holiday of a lifetime, they will now accompany Ms McNamara’s body back to Australia.
There were believed to be a total of 23 crew members onboard, they will now be interviewed before the yacht is forensically examined.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it has offered support to the McNamara family.
A spokeswoman said: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Greece”.
Loved ones have been paying tribute to the young woman, one said: “You lived more in your short years than most do in a lifetime, thanks for all the memories. Rest easy x”