The Disney Wonder cruise ship returned to dock in Los Angeles yesterday for the first time since a 24-year-old British Cast Member went missing from the ship last week.
Rebecca Coriam was last seen onboard the Disney Wonder on Monday, but failed to report for her shift as a youth worker on the vessel the next day.
The ship returned to Los Angeles on Sunday after a week-long cruise, and Miss Coriam’s parents, Michael and Ann, were waiting in the city to hear the latest on the inquiry.
The couple flew out to the US last week, along with Miss Coriam’s cousin, Trish Davies, as concerns grew for their daughter.
Ms Davies told reporters in Los Angeles that the family had been told Miss Coriam made a phone call from the ship shortly before she was reported missing.
The missing woman’s sister, Rachael, and uncle, John Jennings, appealed for more information on Friday about the disappearance of Rebecca.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance with the family and was in touch with the relevant organisations and authorities.
The ship, which carries about 950 crew members and 2,700 passengers, was on a seven-day trip along the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
Authorities boarded the ship Friday at Cabo San Lucas and have conducted searches of the near-1,000-foot vessel, Disney Cruise Line spokeswoman Christi Erwin Donnan said. Because the ship is registered in the Bahamas, the Royal Bahamas Police Force is leading the investigation and the Bahamas Maritime Authority is also involved. The Mexican Navy conducted the search of the ship’s route and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified.
“We have been doing everything possible to find Rebecca Coriam,” Erwin Donnan said in a statement. “In addition, we have been working with all of the appropriate authorities. Rebecca’s disappearance has been difficult for everyone at Disney Cruise Line. We’ve been in close contact with the Coriam family, and we’re assisting them in any way we can.”
Coriam’s parents, Mike and Ann, have asked for privacy but did speak briefly on Sunday morning with a local TV news station. “It’s just, just very, very painful,” Mike Coriam said. “And the thought of not seeing her again, I don’t know, it’s frightening to think about it, really.”
Coriam began working for the Disney Cruise Line last summer and was on her second contract with the company, Erwin Donnan said.
The Disney Wonder began sailing seven-night trips along the Mexican Riviera on Jan. 23. It departs from the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on Sundays and is at sea on Mondays and Tuesdays before docking in Puerto Vallarta on Wednesdays. It stops in Cabo San Lucas before returning to San Pedro.
The ship was scheduled to leave for Mexico at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Source: AP, LA Times