'Find missing sailor’s taxi driver'
Family and friends of missing British sailor Timmy MacColl are urging people in Dubai to help find the cabbie who picked up the dad-of-two outside the Rock Bottom Café, where he was last seen.
Timmy spent the day at Dubai Seafarers’ Mission before going to the Bur Dubai club on the night of May 26-27.
Shipmates said they put him in a taxi at about 1.40am, paid the driver Dhs70 and asked for Timmy to be taken back to their ship, HMS Westminster, at nearby Port Rashid.
The journey, which would have cost approximately Dhs30, should have taken no more than 10 minutes. The Scottish sailor never made it back on board the frigate.
Yesterday, Nigel Fleetwood, who oversees the Bring Timmy Home facebook campaign page -which has 137,000 followers - told 7DAYS: “We really need to help the local authorities locate Timmy’s taxi driver.
“Please print out the flyer [pictured] and every taxi you use, please show the driver and ask if they have seen him or know anything.
“By doing this we can reach out to a large percentage of taxi drivers. Let’s find the driver and let’s bring Timmy home.”
HMS Westminster docked at Port Rashid around May 15 and had to head back to pirate-busting operations in the Indian Ocean four days after Timmy vanished. It had been berthed alongside military ships from the US, Australia and Turkey.
To download a copy of the flyer go to the web page http://7d.ae/1a1.