First posted on March 24, 2011 by John Frost on the Disney Blog
A Disney Cruise Line cast member is reportedly missing from the Disney Wonder which recently sailed from Los Angeles to Mexico The crew member was a counselor in the youth section of the ship and was reported missing when she did not report for a shift.
The incident occurred on Tuesday March 22nd. According to a post on the Disboards, there was a ship-wide page where the crew member was asked to report to the captain's office. When they did not show, a bow to stern search of every cabin was begun. The Disney Wonder was at sea when the crew member was reported missing.
The Disney Cruise Line released this statement to CFnews13:
Given the circumstances we are very concerned about the crew member's well-being and are doing everything possible to assist with the search effort and investigation.
Everyone here at The Disney Blog hopes for the best for the crew member, their family, and the Disney Cruise Line crew.
Update: Disney has confirmed that the Mexican Navy has been assisting in the search for the crew member. The FBI is also involved somehow.
There are rumors going around about the circumstances that led to the missing crew member's disappearance. I'm not going to mention them out of respect for the family until the cause is confirmed or reported by Disney or Mainstream media.
Some Cruise sites have commented on how Cruise companies, with their overseas registration often get away without reporting that a crew member or passenger went overboard. This is a problem with the industry in general, not just Disney. But I wish it hadn't taken over 48 hours and the prodding from journalists for Disney to report that a crew member had gone missing. It's important for consumers to be informed about the safety of any vessel, and that includes the health and safety of its crew. Right now there is no reporting requirement for Cruise lines, perhaps it's time for that to change.