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Dale McLaughlan and Jessica Radcliffe,

Dale McLaughlan and Jessica Radcliffe,

Dale McLaughlan and Jessica Radcliffe,

The girlfriend of the jet ski Romeo who was jailed after crossing the treacherous Irish Sea to see her has described him as a ‘hero' and ‘a legend’. 

Romantic roofer Dale McLaughlan (28) spent four and a half hours at sea as he raced from Scotland to the Isle of Mann to visit his sweetheart Jessica Radcliffe (30) last Friday.

Despite his ordeal he then walked 15 miles to his girlfriend’s home on Friday but was arrested after being stopped on Saturday night during a night of drinking in Douglas.

When police arrived at Miss Radcliffe's house on Sunday it became clear he actually lived in Scotland and had breached local Covid-19 laws. He was jailed on Monday.

McLaughlan first met his partner on a night out in September after he was granted permission to legally spend four weeks working on the island as a roofer.

McLaughlan tried to go back to the island to see his new girlfriend after returning to the mainland, but was denied permission by the authorities.

So, he took matters into how own hands and bought a jet ski before setting off across the Irish Sea.

McLaughlan admitted arriving unlawfully and breaching Covid-19 laws that state non-residents can only enter if they are given special permission.

Meanwhile, the girl he made all the effort for, Jessica Radcliffe, who has two school-age daughters, will now have to spend Christmas in quarantine.

Her mother, Jane, said she was in isolation at home and can’t go out or have visitors.

However, she has broken her silence to say: ‘'He is the best and everyone is right behind him, especially me... my hero.

“What man crosses the sea for a girl unless he was so besotted and completely in love?

I just want them to release him from prison. At least let him stay over here,” he pleaded. “He is locked up for 14 days even though he is Covid free.

“I'm sure it will calm down. I had a man cross the Irish Sea for me on a jet ski. I don't think another woman can say that. He must really love me. My little legend.”

Another family member fondly referred to Dale as “a nice lad, but thick as a brick” after it emerged McLaughlan thought the journey would take 40 minutes.

Local resident Noel Corlett (74) who captured the moment Dale arrived on his camera, said he assumed it was a local riding in on a jet ski.

“I took a few frames just for fun and didn't think any more about it until I saw the court case in the news,” he said.

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