THE girlfriend of a jet skier dad who crossed the Irish Sea to reach her has called him “my hero” as she begs for him to be let out of jail for Christmas.
Jessica Radcliffe, 30, says she was bowled over by Dale McLaughlan’s gesture of love when he made the 25-mile journey to visit her on the Isle of Man.
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Jessica Radcliffe called her boyfriend ‘my hero’ after he crossed the sea for her
Dale McLaughlan used a jet ski to cross 25 miles of waterCredit: Facebook
He was pictured as he arrived on the Isle of Man last week
Lovesick Dale, 28, had just ten minutes of fuel left when he arrived at the island’s Ramsey harbour on Friday afternoon after the bonkers 4.5 hour trip.
He was caught out and jailed after breaking Covid rules in travelling to the island.
But Jessica told the MailOnline: “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 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) one other women that can say that. He must really love me. My little legend.”
He will spend four weeks locked up for the stunt – and miss Christmas with his two children in Irvine, North Ayrshire.
It later emerged he can’t swim, making his efforts even more risky.
A pal told The Scottish Sun that McLaughlan was being hailed as a legend on the island after “he splashed out around £5,000” to buy a jet ski to be with her.
They said “Dale saw her every day after work until he was sent back to Scotland a few days later.
But they continued to speak everyday and fell in love – everyone thinks they are meant to be.
“And although he broke the law, people on the island think he’s a legend for his act of love.”
The building contractor’s mum Allison was left raging after her son’s bonkers venture, and said: “He could have killed himself.”
She added: “I just don’t know why he did it. He’ll be missing his kids over Christmas.”
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.
‘ACT OF LOVE’
He also stressed that he put himself “at very real risk” of harm with the crossing.
The day before his bonkers sea trip, McLaughlan had bought a jet ski and towed it 70 miles from his Irvine home to a beach on the Isle of Whithorn.
The court heard he had never driven a jet ski before embarking on the journey to Ramsey.
He then walked 15 miles to his sweetheart’s home in Douglas – after struggling being apart for months.
On Saturday, he told police his girlfriend’s address was his own, before the pair partied at two busy clubs. He was then nicked on Sunday following ID checks.
The roofer, who worked on the isle in September, made the plan after his latest work permit was rejected.
Public health officials last night said they are “satisfied” there is no risk to the public.
The Isle of Man’s current Level 4 Covid system allows those residents to make non-essential journeys beyond the island, but they must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
Those who don’t live on the island must complete a registration form and be granted an entry certificate to be allowed in.
There have been just 373 confirmed Covid-19 cases on the Isle of Man since March, with four current cases – none of which are in hospital.
Lovesick Dale bought the jet ski to make the trip to the island before hiking the rest of the way
Jessica has begged for him to be allowed out of jail for ChristmasCredit: Facebook
The pair met while he was working on the island and have stayed together