January 11
THE DISTRICT
Missing diver’s body found in Persian Gulf

The body of an American University PhD student who disappeared while free-diving in the Persian Gulf has been found, a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates reported Saturday.

The Khaleej Times, quoting police in Dubai, said the body of Adel Ait-Ghezala, 35, was found floating about 20 miles from shore by a fisherman.

Ait-Ghezala, an Algerian citizen and resident of the Logan Circle area, was an experienced diver but failed to surface after a dive Jan. 1.

His equipment included a wet suit, fins and a snorkel, but no air tank, Ahmed Ait-Ghezala told The Washington Post shortly after his brother’s disappearance. Adel Ait-Ghezala, who was also an adjunct instructor at American, was on vacation and had set out in a boat with other divers and his wife to go spearfishing about 20 miles from the Dubai coast.

A police official said the body was brought to shore, where friends and family recognized his clothing and identified other marks on his body.

— Martin Weil

Maryland
Three hospitalized, dog dies after fire

Three Laurel residents taken to a hospital Saturday after escaping a fire may have been hurt as they tried to rescue their dog from the burning home, authorities said.

The three victims were injured after being exposed to smoke and heat after a fire broke out about 10:15 a.m. in their home on the 15600 block of Haynes Road, said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County fire spokesman.

“It appears that some of the exposure may have occurred in attempts to rescue their dog that, unfortunately, perished in the fire,” Brady said in a statement.

One woman was taken to a burn unit, and two men were hospitalized. All three are reported to be in good condition with injuries not considered life threatening.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the fire may have been accidental.

— Lynh Bui

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