NRI cruise ship employee dies after fall from ship

Cliford Minej, 27, originally from Thane, Mumbai, who worked on a Holland America Caribbean Cruise ship died after falling from the ship and was identified after his body washed up on a beach in Florida. Minej's body, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt drifted ashore near Clearwater Beach in Florida and was spotted by someone walking on the beach. The ship Ryndam, arrived in Tampa port last Sunday and police believe Minej fell off the ship that morning. As the captain of the ship did not notify authorities of Minej's disappearance until late in the morning of the incident, the coast guard did not know if he had gone overboard or disembarked at the cruise terminal. Various law enforcement agencies searched land and sea and the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Minej's death accidental. According to a statement from Holland America Line, they are deeply saddened by the loss of their crew member and condoled with his family at this difficult time.