THE wife of missing Gosport seaman Timmy MacColl has said she has been consulted by the Royal Navy over whether her husband should be declared dead.
As reported in The News yesterday, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage told assembled MPs in parliament that the navy was attempting to have the 28-year-old sailor declared dead without the family’s full knowledge – a statement confirmed by Mr MacColl’s grandfather Jim Cunningham.
However, Rachael MacColl, in a statement issued via the Royal Navy, said: ‘I have been kept informed by and fully engaged with the Royal Navy with regards to all aspects of my husband’s disappearance.
‘Despite the recent media coverage, the Royal Navy has quite rightly refused to discuss the very sensitive details of this case in public.
‘I can confirm that the Royal Navy has been discussing the process of registration of death for Timmy with me.
‘This is incredibly painful and I do not wish to discuss this any further in public.
‘I can say, however, that no application has been submitted to date.
‘This remains an incredibly difficult time for me and my children.’
LS MacColl was serving on HMS Westminster when he went missing while the ship was visiting the United Arab Emirates in May last year.
He was last seen getting into a taxi taking him back to the ship at Port Rashid.
As reported, Rachael has since made an emotional appeal for information about his whereabouts.