We have been reporting lately about how cruise lines often seem to put business above safety – often with very tragic consequences. Many times passengers become victims of various crimes aboard cruise ships – including sexual assaults, and even murder. Last week we brought you’re the story of Rebecca Coriam, who disappeared in March while working aboard the Disney cruise ship the “Wonder.” We reported how her parents had come to the U.S. in search of their daughter – only to hit a brick wall while dealing with Disney officials. Now, they are taking their fight public. In the coming days they will be meeting with the British Shipping Minister, Mike Penning, to demand better regulations to ‘properly regulate’ safety at sea.
Rebecca was employed as a youth worker with on the Wonder, during a 1 week cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico, when she disappeared. A colleague said she appeared to be upset when she was last seen on March 22. It is not known exactly when Rebecca went missing, as there was no alarm raised regarding her disappearance until she failed to show up for work on March 23.
The Coriams have met the same kind of stone walling that many others have encountered when looking for loved ones who have vanished on cruise ships. Speaking about their daughter’s case
Mr. Coriam, from Chester, said:
‘Our daughter vanished off a ship six months ago and we are no closer to finding out what happened to her. People go on ships and are lulled into a false sense of security because they are happy places full of holidaymakers. In fact, scores of people have gone missing from cruise ships and it seems the cruise companies themselves don’t want to investigate properly for fear of bad publicity. Crimes are swept under the carpet and incidents are not investigated properly.
This case really also highlights the complex international nature of many cruise cases. Rebecca Coriam is British. She disappeared on a cruise from the U.S. to Mexico. And Disney Cruise Lines is registered in the Bahamas, which reportedly has jurisdiction in this case.
The Croiams are looking to extend the power to investigate to their home country. Mr. Coriam expressed frustration with the investigation being conducted by the Bahamian authorities saying
When I have called the Bahamas asking how the investigation is going I just get told it is “ongoing Just one police officer from the Bahamas is investigating my daughter’s case. This is despite the fact there were 2,400 passengers on board and 945 staff. It is impossible for one man to do a thorough investigation. It has been a farce since the start.’