Paddle and song to say farewell
FRIENDS and family of Instagram model Sinead McNamara (inset) have led an emotional paddle out at Rainbow Beach, near Port Macquarie, to pay tribute to the 20year-old who died in n mysterious circumstances in the Greek Islands on August 30.
Her father Shaun n McNamara and d brother Jake led 40 0 kids on inflatables s along with surfers out past the breakers where they formed a circle i (right) and released flowers.
A whale breached out further, a fitting memory to the girl who “loved nature and the water” and was at her happiest with sunrays on her skin. Her mother Kylie and sister Lauren Carr stood on the beach and threw flowers into the water. From afar, Ms McNamara was adored by h her thousands of follo lowers on Instagram a as she documented h her exotic travel life. The young crew m member of the 93m superyacht su the Mayan Queen IV, owned by Mexican billionaire b Alberto Bailleres, Ba was found hanging unconscious in a tangle of ropes off the side of the 6m-high yacht while it was moored off the Greek Island of Kefalonia. No one mentioned the events of fh her death d th at t her fufu neral, held earlier in the day at Innes Gardens Memorial Park.
Hundreds came to say goodbye to the beautiful, sunkissed surfer girl. They wore what “Sinead would want them to wear” as suggested by her big brother Jake – girls in playsuits and sundresses, boys in casual gear. Kylie K McNamara a wore the anguish of a mother who h had to bury her y youngest child. Her father, d dressed in cuto off jean shorts and bright socks with his daughter’s nickname nickname, Grubba, printed over them, welcomed his youngest girl home. He urged the congregation to sing Waltzing Matilda to welcome his girl back to her home country and everyone did, loud and through tears.