Adel Ait-Ghezala, a 35-year-old American University PhD student disappeared, Wednesday while free-diving in Dubai, United Arab of Emirates. According to his brother, him and his wife went to set out a boat with other divers 20 miles off the coast of Dubai.
Ait-Ghezala, a seasoned diver was equipped wet suit, fins and a snorkel, but no tank, when he dived and failed to surface. The United Arab of Emirates Coast guards and private boats have been searching for him since Wednesday. Teams of divers, volunteers, helicopters and other expert divers from all over the world had been sent to search the area.
“He may have strayed from the boat, maybe a current caught him,” said his brother.
His brother also mentioned that Adel Ait-Ghezala had been working on a dissertation about tourism and colonialism in the Persian Gulf. He had planned to return to the United States on Jan. 7 and finish his dissertation in May.
The family and friends of missing American Student hopes that US Navy will help the search. However, the State Department spokeswoman said that the department is unable to handle his case because he is not a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident.