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Parents of missing Chester woman suing firm

Published date: 27 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE parents of a Chester woman who went missing at sea from a Disney Cruise Ship are suing the company for £45,000 ($75,000) to try to “find answers” about her disappearance.

Rebecca Coriam, 24, of Guilden Sutton, disappeared while on board the Disney Wonder cruise liner three years ago this month.

She was working as a youth worker and was reported missing when she failed to turn up for her shift and could not be found on board the line, situated off the coast of Mexico.

Now her parents, Mike and Ann Coriam, have filed papers against Disney – saying it failed in its duty of care towards Rebecca.

Rebecca was last seen on CCTV making a phone call in the early hours of March 22, 2011, failing to turn up for her shift at 9am.

The ship was searched but the liner was not ordered back to shore and it was another five days before police were able to go on board.

Three years on from Rebecca’s disappearance, her family says Disney Cruise Lines acted negligently by waiting more than four hours to contact the US Coastguard, five hours to contact the Mexican navy and seven hours to contact the Bahamas Police.

They also say it broke protocols by failing to turn around the ship when Rebecca was discovered missing by the crew.

In the legal papers filed last week, Mr and Mrs Coriam claim Disney gave a “false and misleading” account of the ship’s position when it told the coastguard. They also allege Disney’s security to monitor crew members and passengers was inadequate, as was its surveillance for a person falling overboard.

A spokesman for Disney said the claims are “without merit” and it will demonstrate this in court.

Mr Coriam said they are just trying to “find answers” about their daughter’s disappearance. He said: “We are still waiting to see the police report about her disappearance from the police in the Bahamas.

We want to know why the ship did not turn around to look for Rebecca and why the company has behaved the way it has.

“We will see them in court. We have had very little contact from Disney since this happened. We deserve to know.”

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