Wife’s plea for help in hunt for missing sailor

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 wife of a Royal Navy sailor who is missing in Dubai has made a desperate plea for help finding her husband.

Timothy MacColl, from Gosport, did not return to HMS Westminster before it left the United Arab Emirates country on Thursday.

The 27-year-old leading seaman, who is known as Timmy to his friends, was last seen by a shipmate getting into a taxi on his own at around 2am on Sunday.

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

She said: ‘We are desperately worried.

‘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.

‘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.’

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

Checks have been made with hospitals, prisons, police stations, medical stations and mortuaries but there have been no sightings of him.

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

Timothy had just left the Regent Hotel’s Rock Bottom Bar in Deira – a 15 minute drive from Port Rashid where HMS Westminster was docked – when he was seen getting into a taxi.

He is described as 5ft 8ins, of a medium build, with 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, with dark coloured long shorts and white trainers.