Adel Ait-Ghezala goes missing off Dubai coast

Adel Ait-Ghezala, a Ph.D. student at American University, has gone missing off the coast of Dubai.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP/WJLA) - The wife and friends of an experienced Algerian diver who went missing 32 kilometers (20 miles) off Dubai say coastguard is searching for him after he disappeared in the waters last week.

Rana Ghaleb says she was on the boat last Wednesday afternoon when her husband, Adel Ait-Ghezala, went free diving with two other friends, wearing only a wetsuit, flippers, goggles and a specialized watch. The group was spearfishing.

Ghaleb says her 35-year-old husband never emerged from the water.

Ait-Ghezala is a Ph.D. student at the American University in Washington D.C. The couple was visiting Dubai from their home in the United States.

A family friend says several boats, divers and a helicopter were involved in the search operation last Thursday.

Visit Facebook page “Adel Ait-Ghezala Rescue Effort” for more information.