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Daughter born to missing British sailor

Timothy Andrew MacColl, 27, serves as a leading seaman aboard HMS Westminster and disappeared on Sunday, May 27

  • Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:17 September 30, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • in happier times: Timmy MacColl, seen here with wife Rachael, was last seen on May 27

Dubai: The wife of the British sailor who went missing in Dubai in May has given birth to a baby girl.

Timothy Andrew MacColl, 27, serves as a leading seaman aboard HMS Westminster and disappeared on Sunday, May 27.

He was last seen by a shipmate leaving a watering hole in the Dubai Creek area and left the premises in a taxi but remains unaccounted for.

His wife Rachel, 25, visited Dubai in June, hoping to find him.

The baby, born on Friday, has been named Eriskay.

The couple has two more children Cameron, seven, and four-year-old Skye.

Rachel told The Sun newspaper that Eriskay is a beautiful gift from Timmy.

“To get something so wonderful out of something so sad is brilliant,” she told the paper, adding that although she is not giving up hope she has started explaining to the children that he might not come back.

MacColl is described as being 5 ft, 8 inches tall (1.72 metres), of medium frame and has short brown hair.

Originally from Scotland, his family now lives in Gosport in Hampshire and he speaks with a Scottish accent.

As Gulf News reported in June, taxi drivers were offered a reward for any information that helps find Timothy.

The precise amount of the cash reward is not known but taxi drivers in Dubai were sent an SMS message asking for any leads that could help authorities shed new light on MacColl’s disappearance.

He was last seen at a Bur Dubai night club in the small hours of the morning.

“Dear Drivers, anyone that has information about a pickup of a European passenger on the 27th of May at approximately 2:15am from Regent hotel in Refaa, please report it to Keyroom. A reward will be given,” read the text message.

The sailor’s disappearance has led to an avalanche of interest since he failed to report to his ship, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster, which ultimately sailed without him after he could not be located.

Gulf News