Sinead McNamara was 'crying' in last phone call to mother: lawyer
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Sinead McNamara was 'crying' in last phone call to mother: lawyer

From a luxury megayacht anchored at the Greek island of Kefalonia, Sinead McNamara made a distressing call home shortly before her death, her family's lawyer says.

Speaking to her mother and brother, the 20-year-old Instagram influencer was crying as she told her family about an incident that happened involving another member of the crew, the lawyer revealed.

The family's lawyer said Sinead McNamara cried in her last phone call to her family.

The family's lawyer said Sinead McNamara cried in her last phone call to her family.Credit:Facebook

"The deceased had communicated by telephone with her mother and brother shortly before the unfortunate incident under investigation," lawyer Charalampos Triantafyllopoulos said in a statement.

"She was crying and referred to an incident that took place on the yacht with another crew member."

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In the statement published by Keep Talking Greece, Triantafyllopoulos said it was an unusual phone call as McNamara was normally a positive person.

"The parents also state that Sinead was not having any problems, she often communicated with her family and she was happy. In two days she would return to her family and her friends in Australia," he said.

McNamara was found in a critical condition on the Mayan Queen IV and taken to a local hospital. She died hours later during a transfer to a larger facility.

Triantafyllopoulos said McNamara's family were expecting a full investigation into her death.

"The family finds it crucial to thoroughly investigate both the conditions of death and the events and incidents that preceded this event in order to reveal the full truth and learn what actually happened and led their 20-year-old daughter to death," the lawyer said.

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"In addition, the family is looking for the reasons for the long delay between the time of the unfortunate incident to Sinead’s transfer to an Athens hospital and while she was already for several hours unconscious, in a comatose condition and every minute was critical to her life."

Despite their concerns about McNamara's last hours, Triantafyllopoulos said the family trusted the Greek authorities to do a thorough job of the investigation.

"They hope that the above critical issues will be thoroughly explored and that they will receive ... appropriate answers for the sudden and unexpected death of their daughter, ” he said.

The superyacht, owned by billionaire Mexican mining magnate Alberto Bailleres, was released by Greek authorities on Sunday, which suggested there were no signs of foul play in McNamara's death.

Investigators reviewed CCTV footage from the 93-metre yacht before it was allowed to leave, local media reported, and the rest of the crew were interviewed. The Bailleres family had reportedly left the yacht days before the incident.

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

While inquiries into her death have not officially been finalised, a source close to the investigation told Fairfax Media all indications showed there were no suspicious circumstances.

McNamara, from Port Maquarie, had been working on the yacht during the northern summer and regularly shared scenic photos with her 14,000 Instagram followers.

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Rachel Clun is a reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously a reporter with the Brisbane Times and Domain.