A CHESTER family have launched a legal battle against Disney after their daughter vanished off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.
It is almost two years since 24-year-old Rebecca Coriam mysteriously disappeared from the Disney Wonder cruise liner she was working on as it sailed off the coast of Mexico.
Now, after 23 months of being kept in the dark, the Guilden Sutton family are taking legal action against their daughter’s employers in a final bid to find out what really happened to her.
“We cannot carry on not knowing any longer, she is our daughter we have to know what happened to her,” said Rebecca’s mum, Ann, who said the family had instructed lawyers in the USA and were waiting for the case to go to court.
“People don’t just disappear off a massive cruise liner and absolutely no one knows anything about what happened.”
Ann, 53, and her husband Mike, 59, have been fighting to get the truth about their daughter, known to friends as Becky or Bex, and to get the law governing cruise ships changed since she vanished on March 22, 2011, but say they have had no help or answers from Disney.
“The way Disney have treated us has been a nightmare, we have been left in the dark since this happened,” said Ann, who said she couldn’t understand how someone could vanish from a ‘family-friendly’ cruise liner with almost 3,000 passengers and 950 staff.
“When we took Rebecca to the airport to start her job on the cruise liner we thought she was going to be safe, or we would never have left her.
“We cannot help our daughter now but we have to get the truth to stop this happening to anyone else’s child.
“The truth will have to come out, so many mistakes have been made. We will keep fighting, we will fight to the end. I am determined that we will find out the truth.”
A spokesperson for Disney Cruise Line said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on something that hasn’t been filed.”
Summer 2010 – Former Chester Catholic High School student and Liverpool Hope graduate Rebecca Coriam starts working in her dream job as a youth worker on the Disney Wonder cruise liner
Rebecca, 24, of Guilden Sutton is reported missing from the Disney Wonder cruise liner in the early hours of March 22, 2011.
March 28, 2011 – her distraught parents fly out to Los Angeles to pick up their daughter’s belongings and search for her.
March 31, 2011 – Bahamas police investigating Rebecca’s disappearance report no evidence of foul play.
April 3, 2011 – hundreds gather at St Werburgh’s Church to pray and at Chester Racecourse to release lanterns to guide Rebecca safely home.
April 24, 2011 – family launch www.rebecca-coriam. com.
July 27, 2011 – glamorous fundraising night to raise money for the family’s search for Rebecca.
September 2011 – family meet shipping minister Mike Penning to try and gets laws governing cruise ships changed.
November 11 – Mike Penning slates Disney suggesting the world-famous firm was ‘more interested in getting the ship back to sea than in investigating the case of the missing member of their crew’ as debate into disappearance and law change starts in the Commons.
January 2012 – BBC make documentary on Rebecca Coriam.
March 2012 – fundraising event to celebrate Rebecca’s life draws hundreds on the anniversary of her disappearance.
February 2013 – Family launch legal proceedings against Disney.
THE mum of missing Rebecca Coriam will climb over 19,000ft to fulfil one of her daughter’s greatest dreams.
Ann Coriam, of Guilden Sutton in Chester, is preparing to trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to place a memorial celebrating the adventurous dreams of her “fun-loving” and “sports-mad” daughter.
Ann, 53, said her daughter had dreamed of climbing the mountain, featured on a list of things she wanted to do her parents found when they collected her belongings from the cruise ship in the days after her disappearance.
Rebecca also dreamed of living in New York and competing in the London 2012 Olympics.
“This was the next thing on her list, her ambitions were endless, she wanted to do so much with her life,” said Ann, who jumped at the chance to do the challenge with 15 other women to raise money forVictim Support.
“I am taking two granite slabs with the date Rebecca went missing and messages from me and the rest of the family.
“They are very heavy but I am determined to take one to the very top, and I am hoping to leave the other one halfway. Everyone has said they will help me carry them and will take less luggage to get them there.”
With the climb less than two weeks away, Ann has raised £4,400 for Victim Support UK spending hours cycling on Rebecca’s spinning bike in supermarkets across Cheshire and Flintshire.
And, Ann, who suffers from type one diabetes and has an insulin pump, is hoping to become one of the first ever pump users to climb the mountain, a massive challenge as her pump may stop working over 10,000ft.
“I have taken a lot of medical advice. I am feeling really confident, I have got issues but I have done as much as I can for them not to happen on the mountain,” said Ann.
To sponsor Ann on her climb, visit www.justgiving.com/AnnCoriam .