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Vigil for missing sailor

DUBAI — The family of missing British sailor Timmy MacColl held a candlelight vigil on Jumeirah Beach on Friday night nearly a month after his disappearance.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sat 23 Jun 2012, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:20 PM

The Royal Navy Leading Seaman was last seen getting into a taxi outside Rock Bottom at the Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai around 2am on May 27. He failed to return to his ship, the HMS Westminster, which was docked at Port Rashid, just a 15-minute drive from the club.

Since then, his family has appealed for information through social media, while leaflets and posters have been distributed in Dubai. However, there have been no sightings of the 27-year-old since he was seen getting into the taxi by his fellow crew members during the early hours of May 27.

The British sailor’s wife, Rachael, 25, who is expecting their third child in October, has flown into Dubai to find out how the investigation is progressing.

She was too tired to attend the vigil on Friday night, but Colin MacColl, Timothy’s Scottish uncle, read out a statement on her behalf.

Praising the work of the Dubai Police during the investigation so far, the statement read: “Thank you all for your help and warm messages. It’s amazing the way the authorities are hunting for Timmy. I have been very reassured.”

Sheena, Timothy’s mother, also commented through a statement: “Thank you everyone for looking for my son. We hope we can bring Timmy home soon. We have been extremely reassured by the commitment, dedication and thoroughness of Dubai CID since the investigation started.”

A close group of MacColl’s friends and family attended the vigil on Friday night, lighting candles in front of a mural that spelt out ‘Timmy’. Colin, wearing a T-shirt printed with a missing poster for Timothy, lit the first candles along with Timothy’s mother, Sheena.

Anybody with information about MacColl is urged to contact the authorities. More details can be found at

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