Spinnaker blazes yellow for missing Gosport sailor

TRIBUTE The Spinnaker Tower, inset, lights up for Timmy, and flowers are left on a Gosport pier. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122065-1)
TRIBUTE The Spinnaker Tower, inset, lights up for Timmy, and flowers are left on a Gosport pier. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122065-1)

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A FAMILY’S plea to help find a missing sailor spread even further when Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower was lit up yellow for him.

Father-of-two Timmy MacColl failed to return to his ship HMS Westminster after a night out in Dubai on May 27. There has been no trace of him since.

TRIBUTE The Spinnaker Tower, inset, lights up for Timmy, and flowers are left on a Gosport pier. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122065-1)

TRIBUTE The Spinnaker Tower, inset, lights up for Timmy, and flowers are left on a Gosport pier. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122065-1)

Last night, on Father’s Day, the tower blazed yellow to raise awareness of the disappearance of the 27-year-old Scot, who lives in Gosport.

Flowers were also laid at the pier next to Haslar Marina, Gosport.

Attached was a note, believed to be from his pregnant wife, Rachael, which read: ‘To my sexy sailor, you have given me three wonderful gifts and words are not enough to thank you. You are a wonderful, playful, amazing daddy.

‘Cameron and Skye love you with all their hearts and want to wish you a happy Father’s Day.

‘No matter where you are and what you’re doing, we’ll be right here waiting for you, always. We love you Timmy, please be safe and come home soon. The wife.’

Timmy was last seen getting into a taxi at 1.40am on May 27 following a night out drinking at the Rock Bottom Cafe in Dubai.

A man and woman were seen putting him in the taxi.

But according to a Scottish newspaper, police in Dubai handed out photos of the wrong man in the days after he disappeared.

The mistake was discovered after Rachael’s uncle Neil Cunningham, a police officer, joined the search in Dubai. He spotted the error at a meeting when handed a mobile phone with the image of a man wearing a yellow T-shirt next to a woman.

Rachael, 25, told the Scottish Sun: ‘When I heard I was shocked.

‘I’d provided so many photos I couldn’t grasp how that had happened.’

Jenny Merrison, from the Spinnaker Tower, said it was important to spread the message.

‘It has raised a lot of awareness,’ she said. ‘Our visitors have been asking the reason behind it going yellow and, once we explained, they have been touched by what the family are going through.

‘It means it reached a lot of people who are not necessarily from the area. If one person hears about it and is able to pass the message to someone else perhaps it will help trace Timmy.’