THE pregnant wife of missing Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl has flown out to Dubai to join the search for him.
Rachael MacColl, 25, who is expecting the couple’s third child in October, has made the 4,500-mile journey with Timmy’s mum and other relatives who are desperate to find the 27-year-old.
Tonight marks four weeks since the sailor disappeared after getting into a taxi outside a Dubai nightclub.
Last night, Timmy’s mother Sheena MacColl, 49, and his uncle Colin MacColl, 54, lit candles on Jumeirah Beach near the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel at a vigil organised by local British expats who are campaigning to find the devoted dad-of-two.
Fighting back the tears, Sheena said: ‘Thank you everyone for looking for my son.’
Earlier in the day, she was joined by Rachael on a tour of the places Timmy is known to have visited in Dubai before he vanished.
He went missing after a night out drinking during a run ashore with shipmates from HMS Westminster.
Friends claim they put Timmy in a taxi outside the Rock Bottom nightclub and paid the £12 fare in advance.
But he never made it to back to his ship at nearby Port Rashid.
Speaking at last night’s vigil, Colin thanked expats in Dubai for their help in raising awareness of Timmy’s disappearance with a poster and media campaign.
He said: ‘There is an old tradition of lighting a candle and putting it in the window to guide sailors home safely.
‘I would like to thank everyone for your time, generosity, help and support. Your caring has been humbling and overwhelming.
‘We hope we can bring Timmy home soon. We have been extremely reassured by the commitment, dedication and thoroughness of Dubai CID since the inquiry started.’
He added: ‘Rachael, Timmy’s wife, couldn’t be here tonight because she is tired.
‘But she wanted me to read this message from her: ‘‘Thank you for your help and warm messages. It’s amazing the way the authorities are hunting for Timmy. I have been very reassured since coming to Dubai”.’
Rachael’s uncle Neil Cunningham, 42, who has already been to Dubai once this month to hunt for Timmy, has travelled out there again.
One of Timmy’s friends from the navy, Nigel Fleetwood, who has been running the online Bring Timmy Home Campaign, is also in Dubai.
A Facebook group for the missing sailor, which now has 118,000 members, was flooded with comments from people who said they had also lit candles for Timmy last night.
Frances Ann Caldwell wrote: ‘I pray for news of your safe return to your wonderful family. I will burn the candles through the night to guide you home in the dark. Please come home now Timmy we all miss you.’
Dubai police have so far refused to speak to the media about the case.
A Royal Navy spokesman said: ‘We and British Embassy staff are in regular contact with the Dubai Police.
‘The police are dealing with this as a missing person inquiry and continue to investigate the case.
‘However, it is their inquiry and it would not be appropriate to give more details.’