Sinead McNamara (pictured) was ‘happy’ as she partied with friends at a Greek bar just 24 hours before being found dead
An Australian woman found hanged at the back of a billionaire’s superyacht in Greece had been out dancing and drinking with friends just hours before she died.
Instagram model Sinead McNamara, 20, visited the Baroque bar in the town of Argostoli, on the Greek island of Kefalonia, last Wednesday night.
She drank two vodka-based cocktails – one called Dragon’s Breath and another called Mango Mangave – and ate a club sandwich.
Ms McNamara and five of her fellow crew members stayed for two hours and left at 7.30pm, only to return at 1am when the blonde bikini model was seen dancing on a chair.
Just 24 hours later – during her last shift on-board Mayan Queen IV, an AUD$190 million superyacht owned by Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres – she was found unconscious tangled in ropes at the back of the boat.
Ms McNamara’s body is due to be flown home to Australia today and is expected to be accompanied by her mother and sister.
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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
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 manager of a bar where Ms McNamara partied with friends on the night before her tragic accident told MailOnline she appeared to be in ‘happy’ spirits.
‘(When) I saw the news I recognised her (Ms McNamara’s) picture,’ Makais Chaliodis, the manager of Baroque bar, said.
‘She had come to the bar with five of her friends about 5.30pm on Wednesday.
‘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.
‘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 again 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.
‘Some of her friends stayed until the bar shut at 3am.’
Ms McNamara had been working on-board the six-storey superyacht since May this year.
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’
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
The Instagram influencer died while being airlifted from the Mayan Queen IV (pictured) to an Athens hospital
She was due to reunite with her mother and sister the day after she died as they had flown from Australia to begin a holiday together.
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 luxury yacht is owned by Mexican businessman Alberto Bailleres (pictured) who is worth an estimated $9.6billion
The Australian Instagram star had been working as a crew member on-board the superyacht since May
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 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.
A doctor on-board the Mayan Queen IV then tried to resuscitate Ms McNamara for several minutes, but his efforts were ultimately in vain
‘I have unfortunately received the worst news of my life, (Sinead) has passed away,’ her brother Jake McNamara said (pictured is Ms McNamara) after being told of her death
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 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
Ms McNamara penned a cryptic Instagram post (pictured) just two weeks before her death
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’.
Jake McNamara (pictured, right), the brother of the social media influencer, confirmed her death on Saturday
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 had been working as a crew member on the Mayan Queen IV for four months
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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