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No time to fly Jet ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan says he felt like a 'crappy James Bond' on dangerous journey

I pleaded with them, told them I would do anything required of me, whether that was an extended isolation or a Covid test."

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Jet ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan has been hailed as a hero

Jet ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan has been hailed as a hero

Jet ski Romeo Dale McLaughlan has been hailed as a hero

The Jet Ski Romeo who was arrested after crossing the Irish Sea to see his girlfriend has said he broke Covid rules “for the woman I love”. 

Dale McLaughlan (28) has become something of an internet hero after he spent more than four hours on the perilous 27-mile journey in rough conditions to reunite with Jessica Radcliffe (30) who he had met for the first time only weeks earlier.

The father-of-two made it from Scotland to the Isle of Man even though it was the first time McLaughlan had ever ridden a jet ski - and despite the fact that he cannot swim.

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Dale McLaughlan and Jessica Radcliffe,

Dale McLaughlan and Jessica Radcliffe,

Dale McLaughlan and Jessica Radcliffe,

But after being reunited with Jessica he was arrested two days later after, unbeknown to him, a local had photographed him arriving.

On December 14 he was jailed for four weeks for arriving on the island unlawfully - but was released in time to get home for Christmas.

He has now revealed why he embarked on such a dangerous mission for love.

Mclaughlan told Good Morning Britain: “I applied to go legally, they said no.

“I pleaded with them, told them I would do anything required of me, whether that was an extended isolation or a Covid test.

“I didn't even get a reply in an email, and in that point I decided I had to take matters into my own hands.

“Everyone else was breaking the rules for terrible reasons - drinking and partying. I wanted to do it for the person I love.”

He also explained how and why he fell for Jessica after meeting her on the island as he worked there previously.

He continued: “Then when I got to talk to her I realised her personality is just phenomenal, she's always got something funny to say and keeps me on my toes.

“A couple of days later we met again and decided to spend the rest of the week together to get to know each other.

“Then on that Friday when I had to get the ferry was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.”

Ms Radcliffe said she was “overwhelmed” by the gesture - but did not find out her lover had travelled by jet ski until being informed by the police.

“I thought what was so special about me that you'd cross the Irish Sea and put your life in danger,” she said.

“I thought he was coming over on the boat. I didn't know any of the jet ski stuff until the Monday when the police told me everything that had happened.

“I felt in disbelief, I couldn't believe it. I thought there must have been a mistake."

Asked if their relationship would continue despite Mr McLaughlan now being banned from the Isle of Man - forcing them to spend lockdown apart, she said: “Absolutely, how can I deny someone coming across the jet ski on the Irish Sea.”

In an earlier interview, McLaughlan described the terror-filled crossing from the southern tip of Scotland.

After losing his GPS early on and veering off course, he said he felt like a “crappy James Bond” as he held on for dear life while being battered by huge waves for four-and-a-half hours.

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