20-year-old model was dealing with 'bad breakup' before she tragically died onboard $190 million superyacht
Sinead McNamara was reportedly seen having an anguished conversation with a colleague moments before she jumped overboard
Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara was found in a critical condition, tangled in a rope at the back of a Mexican billionaire's superyacht on Thursday, August 30. She passed away as she was being taken to the hospital with authorities suspecting that the 20-year-old had tried to kill herself. Reports now suggest she may have suffered from a bad breakup prior to her death.
According to the Daily Mail, jumped overboard just minutes after having an anguished conversation with a colleague who is said to have tried to console her. Officers are now reviewing photographs and messages found on her phone as part of their investigation into the death and have not yet ruled out elements of foul play.
The 93-meter long yacht christened the Queen Mayan IV belonged to Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres and reportedly cost over $190 million. It was docked in Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia at the time of McNamara's death, and CCTV cameras onboard allegedly captured her final moments. Bailleres, however, was not on the boat at the time of the incident.
A crewmember of British yacht the Lady May of Glandore, which was docked next to the Mayan, said under the condition of anonymity that the incident happened overnight while they 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," he said.
He continued, "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."
McNamara was first found at around 1:45 am by the captain of another luxury superyacht who says he first shouted out to her before screaming for help when he received no response. He told news.com.au that a police patrol that passed the body failed to notice it and that it was a doctor onboard the Mayan that later tried to desperately resuscitate her. When that failed, she was airlifted so she could be taken to a hospital in Athens, but would die on the way.
The coroner who carried out her autopsy has confirmed that the cause of her death was hanging, but added results of further tests could take months to come back. An Instagram post that the 20-year-old had shared around two weeks ago added further credence to the theory that she may have taken her life.
A snap of her posing on a quad bike in Monastiráki, Lasithi, Greece, was accompanied by a cryptic caption of: "My head is all over the shop today. [sic] Take me back to this where my only worry was not cracking my skull open."
The detectives investigating the case have apparently interviewed all 23 crew members and forensically examined the boat before granting it permission to depart on Sunday night. No crew member was detained for further questioning.
A native of Port Macquarie on the New South Wales north coast, McNamara had reportedly worked her final shift aboard the six-story yacht. She was set to meet up with her mom and sister who were flying into Greece to see her before her tragic death. Her body is expected to be flown home on Tuesday afternoon.