Family of missing crewmember meet ship in LA

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 1:51 AM
Family of missing crewmember meet ship in LA

Family members of a 24-year-old British employee reported missing from a Disney cruise ship last week met with investigators Sunday after the vessel returned to its home port in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Coriam, of Chester, England, was reported missing at sea Tuesday after she failed to report for a scheduled shift on the Disney Wonder. The ship was on a seven-day cruise along the western coast of Mexico.

"We just don't know what happened to her, do we? And that's just the worst. We've got to find out what happened," mother Ann Coriam told KABC-TV. She and her husband had traveled to Los Angeles after learning Rebecca Coriam was missing.

Davies said officials on board told the family that Coriam, who had worked for the cruise line since last summer in its youth services department, made a phone call from the ship shortly before being reported missing.

"They say they know what the conversation was but they're not telling us," her cousin, Trish Davies, told the station prior to the family's Sunday meeting with investigators. "They say they've got to wait for the investigation."

It was not immediately clear what new information, if any, investigators gave the family Sunday. The ship left for its next tour of Mexico on Sunday night.

Because the Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas, police there were handling the investigation. The Mexican Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard also were involved.

Disney Cruise Line representatives issued a statement, pledging to assist all of the appropriate authorities, and saying they have searched the entire ship multiple times, most recently on Saturday.

"We have been doing everything possible to find Rebecca Coriam," Christi Erwin Donnan, a spokeswoman for Disney, said. "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."

Returning passengers said they were told during the cruise Coriam was missing, and were asked to keep an eye out for her.

"They announced it over the airwaves and they said that there was a missing crew member, can you please help look for the person," passenger Ron Uyen told KCBS-TV after getting off the Wonder. "It was scary. You watch your kids a little closer."

Another passenger, Suzanne Lopez, told the TV station "later they announced again that they were not able to locate her. They were really good about keeping us up to date, everybody was really worried."

The 1,000-foot-long Disney Wonder carries 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew members.

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Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/