Jetski romeo jailed for trying to see girlfriend on Isle of Man refused re-entry on to island

A JETSKI Romeo caged for crossing the Irish Sea to meet his girlfriend on the Isle of Man has been banned from re-entering the country.

Lovesick Dale McLaughlan, 28, made the treacherous 4.5-hour trip from Irvine, Scotland to the Isle of Man earlier this month to see girlfriend Jessica Radcliffe.

The dad was jailed for breaking coronavirus rules but later released three days early in time for Christmas.

Dale has now been slapped with a no entry certificate that bars him from entering the Isle of Man again.

The roofer had been set to return to the island for further work on January 11.

He set out for the trip on December 11 believing it would take just 40 minutes.

But he finally arrived at Ramsey harbour with just ten minutes of fuel left after the treacherous four-hour trip.


Dale had never driven a jet ski before and is unable to swim but still carried out the trip desperate to see beau Jessica.

The couple met in September, when he was legally working on the island before being separated by lockdown rules.

The roofer came up with the plan after his latest work permit was rejected, forcing him to think of another way to see his lover.

Following ID checks, he was arrested the next day and sent to jail for four-weeks for breaking the island's strict Covid rules.

Sentencing him at the island’s Douglas Courthouse, Deputy High Bailiff Christopher Arrowsmith said he made a “deliberate and intentional attempt to circumnavigate” the border restrictions.


He also stressed that he put himself “at very real risk” of harm with the crossing.

Dale was released from prison on December 23 but was sent straight home to Scotland without being reunited with Jessica.

After his grand gesture, Jessica revealed she would tie the knot with Dale if he proposes.

The mum-of-two explained: “I’ve had messages from all over the world.

“People from Italy have sent pictures of jet skis saying, ‘This is for your boyfriend, showing our support.’

“People from Ireland have said, ‘What he did is heroic. You should marry that man.'

“If he asks me, I’ll say yes. It’s definitely a story to tell our grandkids.”

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