Parents of missing British cruise worker sue Disney for £45k

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The parents of a British woman who went missing at sea from a Disney cruise ship are now suing the company for $75,000 (£45,000).

Rebecca Coriam, 24, was a crew member on the Disney Wonder when she went missing off the coast of Mexico three years ago.

Her parents Mike and Ann Coriam, from Chester, have now filed papers against Disney claiming it failed in its duty of care, reports theBBC.

They claim Disney Cruise Lines acted negligently in waiting more than four hours to alert the US Coastguard, more than five hours to contact the Mexican navy, and nearly seven hours to call the Bahamas police.

The papers also suggest the company breached established protocols for a person overboard, gave "false and misleading" information about the ship's position when it called the coastguard, and that its monitoring of crew members was inadequate.

Speaking to the BBC, a spokeswoman for Disney Cruise Lines said: "This incident has been investigated by the authorities. The claims are without merit, as we will demonstrate in court."

Back in 2011, a month after Rebecca went missing, the family were given a glimmer of hope after her bank account appeared to have been used.

Rebecca who went missing less than 24 hours after the Disney Wonder sailed out of Los Angeles towards the Mexican Riviera in March 2011.

A few weeks later her mother Anne received an email from her daughter's bank reporting 'financial activity' on her account in the weeks since.

But she has still not been found.

Rebecca's father Mike told the Daily Mail: "We've never believed she simply disappeared overboard and drowned. I have always felt she is still alive. We are just keeping our fingers crossed that she is out there somewhere."

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