Vibrant beach farewell for yacht death model
FAMILY and friends of Australian model Sinead McNamara have paid their final respects at a funeral for the 20-year-old who died after being found tangled in rope at the stern of a billionaire’s superyacht in Greece.
Ms McNamara was farewelled by hundreds yesterday at Innes Gardens Memorial Park in Port Macquarie, NSW, and, later, Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club, with the dress code of “wear what Sinead would want you to wear”.
“We all knew and loved her in different aspects of life so whether that’s bright and fun, road trip attire, formal, surfy, boat attire or whatever it is that brought you and her together, that is what we would like you to wear,” her brother, Jake McNamara, said in a public post on his Facebook page.
Her family encouraged those unable to make it to “beautiful” Ms McNamara’s “celebration of her life and farewell” to take a moment by their closest ocean at 1pm to remember special moments they shared with her. Photos from the farewell show a large paddle-out of surfers, pictured, under blue skies off Rainbow Beach. The Instagram influencer from NSW was unable to be revived after she was discovered on the Mayan Queen IV, on August 31, while it was moored in the port of Argostoli off the Greek island of Kefalonia.
Ms McNamara had been working as a crew member on the six-storey, $196 million vessel, owned by billionaire Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres.
Greek coroner Ilias Bogiokas, who conducted the autopsy on Ms McNamara’s body, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency that the death “came about from a hanging” and her body did not have any injuries.
TRAGIC: Sinead McNamara.