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article imageSearch continues for Disney cruise employee lost at sea

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 28, 2011 in World
Los Angeles - Investigators continue to search the waters off the Pacific coast for an employee working onboard a Disney Cruise ship heading back to California following a week-long trip to Mexico.
The employee was identified to be Rebecca Coriam, a 24-year-old immigrant from Chester, England who was working on board the Disney Wonder—which carried about 950 crew members and 2,700 passengers at the time the incident occurred—as a participant of the ship's youth program. She was assigned at the ship's youth center.
In a statement issued by Disney spokeswoman Christi Erwin Donnan to USA Today, Coriam failed to report for duty last Tuesday when the ship was bound to set sail to Puerto Vallarta from its home port of Los Angeles.
"Given the circumstances, we are very concerned about this situation and are doing everything possible to assist with the search effort and investigation," Donnan said.
Authorities from the Royal Bahamas Police—who are leading the investigation since the ship was registered in the Bahamas—boarded the cruise ship on Friday as it docked at Cabo San Lucas to conduct searches onboard the nearly-1,000-foot vessel. The U. S. Coast Guard has been notified as members of the Mexican Navy conducted a search of the ship's route during the past seven days.
Her parents—Michael and Ann—along with her cousin, Trish Davies met with investigators after arriving to the United States on Sunday. In an interview, they told reporters that her daughter "was definitely onboard the ship when [it] was sailing from L. A. to Puerto Vallarta." A footage from the ship's CCTV camera showed Rebecca making a phone call at around 5:00 am, shortly before she disappeared.
"It is just very, very painful," Michael Coriam said. "And the thought of not seeing her again, I don't know, it's frightening to think about it, really."
Spokewoman Donnan also told reporters that there are currently three possibilities for her disappearance: that she accidentally fell overboard, voluntarily went overboard, or foul play is involved.
According to the Sun, her parents believe that their daughter did not jump overboard.
"Something has happened to her," Ann said. "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."
Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman of the FBI's Los Angeles Office stated that the FBI is not involved in the investigation since the ship was flying under a foreign flag, giving them no jurisdiction to launch an investigation.
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