x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Missing British sailor's ship sails home from Dubai without him

The warship on which the British seaman Timmy MacColl was serving when he went missing in Dubai two months ago was last night on its way home without him.

British sailor Timmy Maccoll who went missing in Dubai two months ago, seen here with his wife Rachael.
British sailor Timmy Maccoll who went missing in Dubai two months ago, seen here with his wife Rachael.

DUBAI // The warship on which the British seaman Timmy MacColl was serving when he went missing in Dubai two months ago was last night sailing through the Mediterranean on its way home without him.

Dubai police are leading the hunt for father-of-two Mr MacColl, 27, who disappeared on May 27, but have found no trace of him. Diving teams from Britain's Royal Navy assisted by searching the waters in and around Port Rashid, where his ship HMS Westminster was berthed. The frigate is due to dock at her home base, Portsmouth, on August 13.

"We have no developments on the case, there has been no word as yet," said a navy spokesman. "The investigation being led by Dubai is still ongoing."

The Westminster berthed in Dubai on May 26 and left five days later. She has since passed through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal after completing a six-month tour of duty in the Middle East and Indian Ocean. The Royal Navy confirmed the vessel was now in the Mediterranean

Mr MacColl, from Gosport in Hampshire, was last seen stepping into a taxi outside the Rock Bottom Cafe at the Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai just after 2am. Friends paid the fare in advance and asked the driver to take him back to his ship, but he never arrived.

His wife Rachael, 25, is due to give birth to their third child in October.

The family has set up a website, bringtimmyhome.co.uk, and a Bring Timmy Home Facebook group has attracted more than 113,000 members.

 

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Anyone with information about Mr MacColl should phone Dubai Police headquarters on 04 2229222 or Al Rafa police station on 04 3937777, quoting case number 71802012