Urgent Help Needed in Humanitarian Effort to Find Experienced Diver Adel Ait-Ghezala Missing Off Coast of Dubai, UAE

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On January 1, 2014, 35-year-old American University PhD student and adjunct professor, Adel Ait-Ghezala, went missing while diving with a group 20 miles off the coast of Dubai, UAE. Appeals are made for more a larger comprehensive multi-national search to find Adel, an Algerian Citizen who has been living in the United States for over 10 years.

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Help Needed in Humanitarian Effort to Save Missing Diver Adel Ait-Ghezala

At around 4pm GST on January 1, 2014, Adel disappeared while diving with 3 friends and his wife Rana about 20 miles off the coast of Dubai. Despite search efforts by the UAE Coast Guard, Police, private and volunteer organizations, and support from the UAE Government, Adel has yet to be found. It is possible that Adel may have been quickly distanced from the boat by a current or that he found his way to one of the many tiny islands in the area.

Adel is a PhD student and adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC, where he has lived for over 10 years. He is an experienced competition level free diver. He is in top physical condition with in-depth understanding of open water survival skills. US friends and family of Adel are asked to appeal to the United States Navy and other regional governments for assistance and multi-national search efforts.

Requests & Needed Resources:

1. Expanded multi-national government searches including regional and international governments
2. Advanced search tools and resources including planes, helicopters, boats, and divers
3. Financial donations to help fund private searches
4. Public outreach to spread awareness and to help keep hope alive. Media coverage in both arabic and English media outlets regionally & internationally.

The Facts

  • Adel’s last known coordinates are N 25 24.317 E 054 55.660
  • Adel was wearing a grey camouflage wetsuit and equipped with fins, a snorkel, a diving watch, a 2kg weight belt and a spear gun
  • The water depth where Adel went missing is ~20-30m

Who to Contact

For all media and inquiries: helpfindadel(at)gmail(dot)com

To volunteer local support and resources, email helpfindadel(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject "BOAT/VOLUNTEER HELP”

For more information

Up-to-date information, maps, media links and more are publicly available at http://bit.ly/findadelinfo

Join the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/helpAdel
Follow twitter updates: http://www.twitter.com/HelpFindAdel
Tweet to Help Find Adel Campaign with the hashtags #findadel and #helpfindadel

Help Find Adel Campaign

ARABIC RELEASE see attached PDF or contact helpfindadel(at)gmail(dot)com

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