Superyacht that Australian Sinead McNamara died on leaves Greek island port
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Superyacht that Australian Sinead McNamara died on leaves Greek island port

The billionaire’s superyacht on which Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara was working when she died last week has left the Greek island of Kefalonia headed for the western Mediterranean, suggesting there were no signs of foul play.

Instagram model Sinead McNamara died in Greece.

Instagram model Sinead McNamara died in Greece.Credit:Instagram

The yacht was released after investigators reviewed CCTV footage from the luxury 93-metre boat, Greek media reported.

McNamara, 20, was found in a critical condition on the Mayan Queen IV on Thursday, according to media reports, and died in hospital after hours in a coma.

The Mayan Queen IV on which Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara died.

The Mayan Queen IV on which Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara died.Credit:Axou

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The yacht, owned by Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres, was reportedly ordered to remain in Kefalonia’s port while the death was investigated.

Greek media reported that Bailleres and his family had left the boat days before the incident, and only crew members were on board.

The yacht left Kefalonia in the early afternoon on Sunday. According to the MarineTraffic website it was off the coast of Sicily heading due west on Monday night. Its registered destination was "for orders", suggesting it is yet to settle on a next port of call.

Greek port authorities are investigating the death.

A spokesman for the Hellenic coast guard said there would be no official update on the case on Monday.

A source close to the investigation told Fairfax Media that an autopsy was yet to be completed, and the circumstances surrounding the death were not yet confirmed. However, all indications so far were that there were no suspicious circumstances.

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Some local media reported it was a suicide, though no suicide note was found on the yacht, Fairfax Media understands.

The fact the yacht was allowed to depart indicated that authorities had no evidence of foul play on board, and were not expecting to find any.

The rest of the crew has been interviewed and authorities accessed footage from the six-storey yacht’s CCTV network.

Earlier in August, McNamara wrote on Instagram: "Living & working on a boat seeing all that the world has to offer... yep I think I have it pretty good. Today’s a day for being grateful anddd (sic) it’s less then a month till I get to see my family & friends in Aus. Excitement overload!"

In one of her last Instagram posts McNamara said it was "going to be a good year".

However in mid-August she posted an old photo saying her "head is all over the shop today… take me back to this where my only worry was not cracking my skull open".

The model from Port Macquarie had more than 14,000 Instagram followers and had been working on the yacht over the northern summer, posting regularly from scenic spots around the Mediterranean.

Her last Instagram post was from Kefalonia and has since been inundated with tributes from her friends and followers.

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Nick Miller is Europe correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age