New appeal over missing Gosport sailor

Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael
Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael

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THE family of sailor Timmy MacColl is launching a fresh appeal to find him – six months on from his disappearance in Dubai.

His wife Rachael, the Royal Navy and Gosport Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage have all teamed up to launch a new plea for information.

The 27-year-old father-of-two, from Gosport, was last seen in the early hours of Sunday, May 27 this year when he was on a run ashore from Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster.

He entered a taxi alone outside a nightclub for the short journey back to his ship, berthed in Port Rashid, but never arrived on board. He’s not been seen since.

The renewed appeal will be launched tomorrow at HMS Excellent on Whale Island, where Timmy’s family and the navy are set to ask for any witnesses or information that could lead to finding him.

It will be chaired by Ms Dinenage, who said despite an extensive search by authorities in the UK and Dubai there were not many leads for them to follow.

She said: ‘I have been asked to chair the conference because I’m Rachael’s local MP and I have been in frequent contact with her.

‘It is now six months since Timmy went missing and they are not much closer to finding him.

‘But efforts are being made by so many agencies and this is another attempt by the Royal Navy, in partnership with his family, to appeal for witnesses or any new information that anyone might have.

‘The Royal Navy are in regular contact with the Dubai police, who are taking the lead on this, and I have not heard any complaints about the way they are handling it.’

She also paid tribute to the dedication of Timmy’s family who have been campaigning to find him. Since news of his disappearance Rachael, 25, has given birth to daughter Eriskay.

‘What has happened is everybody’s worst nightmare,’ said Ms Dinenage.

‘Not knowing is the worst possible part of it. It is extremely hard and not something that anyone should have to go through.

‘But Rachael and his family have dealt with it with incredible grace and bravery.

‘It is particularly hard given that she has two small children and has had a baby since he went missing.’

For more information about the campaign go to bringtimmyhome.co.uk.

Or join the Facebook group Bring Timmy Home.