Gosport wife’s fears for sailor missing in Dubai

Leading seaman Timothy Andrew Maccoll, 27, is from Gosport in Hampshire
Leading seaman Timothy Andrew Maccoll, 27, is from Gosport in Hampshire
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The pregnant wife of a sailor who went missing while in dock in Dubai today made a desperate appeal to find her husband.

Father-of-two Timothy Maccoll, 27, originally from Killin in Scotland and now living with his family in Gosport, did not return to HMS Westminster before it left the United Arab Emirates country yesterday.

Routine checks were carried out by the Navy before the Portsmouth-based warship sailed, but they could not locate the leading seaman and local authorities were alerted.

Today his wife Rachael, who is mother to their two children aged six and four and expecting a third in October, appealed for help finding her husband.

Speaking at their home in Gosport, she said: ‘We’re appealing to the people of Dubai and reaching out to the large ex-pat community to help us find Timmy and raise awareness in the area.

‘We are desperately worried. Checks have been made with hospitals, prisons, police stations, medical stations and mortuaries and there is no record of him and no sightings so far.

‘I last spoke with Timmy at midday on Saturday and he was in really good spirits and looking forward to speaking with the children on Skype on Sunday.

‘That call never happened. It is completely out of character for him not to contact us, and we are completely at a loss and going crazy with worry.

‘Wherever Timmy is, I know that he wants to be found, he will want us to find him, we need people to help us do that.

‘He may be in trouble somewhere, he could be trapped as far as we know, we have absolutely no idea. Please, please help us find him.”

The ship, which is conducting a major international operation in the Gulf, arrived in Dubai on May 26.

Timothy, known as Timmy to friends, was last seen by a shipmate getting in to a taxi on his own at around 2am on Sunday.

He had just left the Regent Hotel’s Rock Bottom Bar in Deira - a 15 minute drive from Port Rashid where HMS Westminster was docked.

Timothy, originally from Killin, in Scotland, is described as 5ft 8ins, medium build, short brown hair cropped with a flicked fringe, and speaks with a broad Scottish accent.

He had been wearing a red Moto GP t-shirt, dark coloured long shorts, and white trainers.

An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm a member of HMS Westminster’s crew is currently missing in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

“This has been reported to the local authorities, who are treating the incident as a missing person event.

“The MoD is working closely with the foreign office and embassy representatives.

“The individual’s next of kin has been informed and is being provided with support from the Royal Navy.”