Sinead McNamara, 20, had been working on the Mayan Queen IV for the past four months before her sudden death on Friday.
The luxurious US$140 million, 92 metre yacht is owned by Mexican mining magnate Alberto Baillères, who is worth an estimated AU$9.6 billion.
According to local media, Mr Bailleres left the yacht, which was anchored off the island of Kefalonia, on Tuesday — leaving Ms McNamara alone with the crew. Her body was reportedly found on the back of the boat two days later.
Mystery surrounds the death of Sydney model Sinead McNamara, 20. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
Luxury superyacht Mayan Queen, owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Baillères, has been ordered to remain docked at the port of Argostoli until authorities interview all crew. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
What happened in the 48 hours after the billionaire’s departure in the lead up to Ms McNamara’s death is now the subject of an inquiry by local authorities.
“The Coast Guard of Kefalonia has ordered an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of the 20-year-old Australian national as well as an autopsy-necropsy,” In Kefalonia reported
The Mayan Queen was scheduled to set sail today but has been ordered to remain docked in the port of Argostoli until detectives have interviewed all crew members and a forensic examination of the vessel.
In a tragic development, local reports suggest desperate attempts were made to revive Ms McNamara at the scene before she died on route to hospital.
Sinead McNamara was looking forward to her mother flying out to visit her in Greece. Picture InstagramSource:Instagram
The superyacht is owned by mining magnate Alberto Baillères, who is one of Mexico’s richest men. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Supplied
“Local port authorities were informed at 2am Friday morning that the body of the woman was found … at the back of the yacht,” Kefalonian Mantata said.
The paper said officers from the port authority, crew members and a doctor “tried for long time to bring her back” before rushing her to a hospital in Argostoli.
Doctors made the decision to fly her to a private hospital in Athens but Ms McNamara died during the helicopter flight, local media said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it has offered support to the McNamara family.
“DFAT is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Greece,” a
Sinead McNamara had been working on the Mayan Queen for four months before her death in the early hours of Friday morning. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
Jake McNamara with his sister Sinead on her 18th birthday. Picture: Instagram/JakeMcNamaraSource:Instagram
Originally from Port Macquarie, Ms McNamara moved to Sydney five years ago.
She was travelling in the seaside town of Pylos on the southwest coast of Greece.
In her last Instagram post four days ago, Ms McNamara wrote about jetskiing in Komitata, Greece.
Ms McNamara had been working on yachts while travelling in Europe.
A post d by Salt Bby 💦 (@sineadmcnamara) on Jul 12, 2018 at 9:13pm PDT
Just five days ago on Facebook, Ms McNamara posted a selection of photos with her big sister Lauren, writing “happy birthday to the most amazing big sister I could ever ask for, 5 days till I get to see you!!! Excitement is an understatement.”
My head is all over the shop today 🌪🌋 take me back to this where my only worry was not cracking my skull open 💉
A post d by Salt Bby 💦 (@sineadmcnamara) on Aug 19, 2018 at 6:07am PDT
There has been an outpouring of grief of Ms McNamara’s Instagram profile, from fans of her travel and modelling photography.
“Rest In Peace you gorgeous girl, life is so unfair,” wrote @lilyrobinson.
A number of people have also posted asking about the circumstances of her death.
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Ms McNamara writes on her Instagram page that she is a fan of “camping, 4WD, adventure and travel”. She has 12.7k followers on the platform.
Sunkissed little munchkin 🕊 W/ @ecotan
A post d by Salt Bby 💦 (@sineadmcnamara) on Aug 9, 2018 at 12:33am PDT
Easy mornings ☕️ Welcome to my humble abode🌷thank u @mascotrhodes
A post d by Salt Bby 💦 (@sineadmcnamara) on Aug 8, 2018 at 9:39pm PDT
Australian YouTube star Alex Hayes posted the news to his social media accounts.
Alex’s heart-felt Instagram post to Sinead.Source:Instagram
Alex posted a tribute to Sinead on Instagram.Source:Instagram
Hayes, who has more than 650k followers on Instagram posted the tragic news in an Instagram story, writing “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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