Adel Ait-Ghezale's body recovered off Dubai coast

(WJLA) - The body of an Algerian diver who went missing 32 kilometers (20 miles) off the Dubai coast has been found, The National reports.

Adel Ait-Ghezale, 35, a PhD student at American University, had been spearfishing with friends when he went missing on New Year's Day.

His body was discovered Saturday about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from where he disappeared.

A Facebook page to update friends and family on the search for Ait-Ghezale paid tribute to him after his body was found.

"It is with a heavy heart that we say rest in peace dear Adel. Thank you all for all your prayers and support through the rescue efforts. Adel will be dearly missed. Please continue to keep his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers. We are full of gratitude for all your efforts."

Friends helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to assist rescue teams in the search.

Ait-Ghezale and his wife were visiting Dubai from their home in the United States.