Search grows for Gosport sailor who is still missing in Dubai

MISSING Timmy MacColl
MISSING Timmy MacColl
Sailors honing their skills at Wellington Barracks in preparation for their Royal guard duties

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PEOPLE have taken to the streets in Dubai to help search for missing sailor Timmy MacColl.

The leading seaman, from Gosport, was reported missing in Dubai 12 days ago after he did not arrive back on board his ship HMS Westminster.

In Gosport, friends and family members have united in a show of strength by holding a vigil and helping raise awareness.

Meanwhile in Dubai, people have taken to the streets to hand out leaflets with Mr MacColl’s picture on.

A group of volunteers are also planning to hand out posters in the area where he went missing.

Others have put up flyers at Dubai International Airport.

Mr MacColl’s mum Sheena travelled from her home in Killin, Scotland, to be with her son’s pregnant wife Rachael and their two children.

She told The News: ‘What everyone is doing over there is wonderful.

‘It gives us some comfort.

‘That’s what needs doing, people handing out flyers and searching and things like that.

‘I would like to say thank you so much to those people.’

More than 100,000 people have now signed up to a Facebook group called ‘Bring Timmy Home’.

Its members have decided to put up yellow ribbons in public places to raise awareness of Mr MacColl’s disappearance.

The 27-year-old, whose wife is expecting their third child in October, was last seen by a shipmate getting into a taxi alone at about 2am on May 27.

He is said to have just left the Rock Bottom Bar at the Regent Hotel in the area of Deira, about a 15-minute drive from Port Rashid, where HMS Westminster was docked.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the British Embassy in Dubai is working with local authorities there.

An FCO spokesman said: ‘We are aware of reports a British national is currently missing in the United Arab Emirates.

‘The British Embassy in Dubai has been in contact with the local authority and we stand ready to provide consular assistance as necessary.’