Cliford B. Minej, 27 – Cruise Ship Crew Overboard, Aurora Crew Member, December 21, 2014, Time of Death 3:00.
Cliford B. Minej, 27, from Thane, India was last seen aboard the Holland America ship Ryndam at around 3 a.m. on December 21, 2014.
Authorities believe the cruise ship worker may have jumped off the ship in the early morning of December 21, just a few hours before it docked after a two-week trip to the Caribbean waters of the Gulf of Mexico somewhere near Ergmont Key, an island operated by the Florida State Park Service just southwest of the Tampa Bay.
The ship’s captain waited until after 8 a.m., when the Ryndam had already pulled into port, to notify police that Minej was unaccounted for, leaving investigators confused as to whether the employee had simply walked off the ship in port, or fell earlier.
His body floated to shore at about 7:15 am on Clearwater Beach, behind the Ultimar Condos in the 1500 block of Gulf Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida, about 22 miles across the bay from Tampa.