The following is a copy of a press release issued today regarding the disappearance of Rebecca Coriam:
What Happened to Rebecca?
One year ago tomorrow, twenty-four year old Rebecca Coriam disappeared from the Disney Wonder. Rebecca worked aboard the Wonder as a youth counselor.
She was responsible for taking care of the children aboard the cruise ship. Rebecca was last seen just before dawn on March 22, 2011, and then she did not report to work at 9.00 AM. Disney Cruise Line listed Rebecca as "missing at sea."
A police officer in the Bahamas is responsible for the investigation of Rebecca’s disappearance because Disney Cruise Line registered its cruise ship in that country.
Rebecca’s family, Mike and Ann Coriam from Chester, England, have received little information from either Disney or the Bahamas regarding what happened to Rebecca in the early morning hours of March 22, 2011. It has been one year since Rebecca has been lost. The family has more questions than answers at this point.
Rebecca’s Parents Retain Miami Maritime Lawyer Jim Walker to Help Find Answers
To help find information about what happened to their daughter, the Coriam family retained maritime lawyer Jim Walker of the Miami-based law firm of Walker & O’Neill. Mr. Walker is an internationally know lawyer whose practice focuses on cruise ship matters, including disappearances of passengers and crew members and crimes on the high seas.
"In this day and age," Mr. Walker commented, "it is inconceivable that anyone would vanish from a cruise ship – particularly a ship catering to families and children – without the circumstances being recorded by closed circuit television cameras."
Rebecca’s case has been discussed in the House of Commons in England. Her MP, Stephen Mosley, says Disney was “ "more interested in getting the ship back to sea than in investigating the case of the missing member of their crew." He also stated “it’s appalling” that only one policeman from the Bahamas – “an authority internationally recognized as almost toothless” – was called to investigate. He said “flag of convenience” countries such as the Bahamas – as they’re called in the shipping world – shouldn’t be left to conduct these kinds of investigations.
Countries as far away as Australia have demonstrated interest into what happened to Rebecca. Australia’s "Dateline" recently aired a special program, "Lost at Sea," which you can watch here.
Coming to America
The United States media, so far, has demonstrated little interest in the case, although Disney and its cruise line, the Magical Cruise Company, are based in the U.S.
The Coriam family will be traveling to the U.S. seeking information about their daughter. If you have information about Rebecca or if you are interested in interviewing them or discussing the matter with their counsel, Jim Walker, please use the contact information below.
Telephone: 305 995 5300
Web: Cruise Law News
Telephone: 011 44 774 735 9968
Web: Rebecca Coriam
March 22, 2012 Update: BBC News: "Rebecca Coriam: ‘Bad Dream’ For Missing Girl’s Parent"