‘There was nothing to suggest Timmy was going to go missing’

Timmy MacColl  with one of his children
Timmy MacColl with one of his children
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THE mystery of missing Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl has deepened amid conflicting eyewitness accounts about the 27-year-old’s state of mind on the night he disappeared in Dubai.

A Scottish expat living in the city has revealed he spoke with Timmy just before he got into a taxi at 2am on May 27 and was never seen again.

The man, who only gave his name as Colin, rubbished claims from door staff at the Rock Bottom club – where the dad-of-two had been out drinking – that he was heavily drunk and got into a taxi with a man and a woman.

He said: ‘Three of them came out Rock Bottom together – two men and a girl. She had what I’d describe as “dirty blonde” hair.

‘One guy was put into the taxi and the other two turned round and went into the Regent Palace Hotel.’

Colin is one of the last people known to have spoken to Timmy, who is originally from Scotland.

He told Dubai website 7DaysinDubai.com: ‘He just said something like “hi, you’re from Scotland”.

‘I told him I’m from Armadale and that was about the extent of it. He spoke because we’re both Scots. The other two were also from Scotland.

‘The other two put the guy in the taxi. They were still at the hotel five or 10 minutes later.’

Colin said Timmy, who was visiting Dubai with HMS Westminster, had clearly been drinking.

But he added: ‘Timmy wasn’t that drunk. It wasn’t like he couldn’t find his way home. He was well-equipped.

‘There was nothing to suggest Timmy was going to go missing.’

The expat said he was contacted by Dubai police last Wednesday and spent five hours in a police station helping with their enquiries.

He also confirmed Timmy briefly spoke to a Chinese woman who went off with a man in a black shirt.

Dubai detectives investigating Timmy’s last known movements are yet to make any statement.

Meanwhile, Timmy’s pregnant wife Rachael and their two young children pray for news at home in Gosport.

Rachael’s uncle, Neil Cunningham, has been in Dubai this week to raise awareness about Timmy.

Messages of support continue to pour in to the family and the Spinnaker Tower will glow yellow at 7pm on Sunday in a Father’s Day tribute to the sailor.