Jessica Radcliffe (pictured) says she wants her boyfriend Dale McLaughlan to be released from prison
The girlfriend of a lovesick Romeo who was jailed for crossing the treacherous Irish Sea on a jet ski only to see her break her silence today and say, "He's my hero".
The beloved roofer Dale McLaughlan made the 40 km journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man last Friday to visit his treasure – and spent four and a half hours at sea.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, his girlfriend Jessica Radcliffe, 30, said, "He's the best and everyone is right behind him, especially me … my hero."
“What man crosses the sea for a girl, unless he was so obsessed and completely in love?
When she asked the authorities to get him out of prison in time for Christmas, the mother of two said, “I just want you to release him from prison. At least let him stay here.
"He's locked up for 14 days, even though he's free from Covids."
She added, “I'm sure it will calm down. I had a man who crossed the Irish Sea on a jet ski. I don't believe in any other woman who can say that. He really must love me. My little legend. & # 39;
McLaughlan's daring plan to join his three-month girlfriend on the Isle of Man sparked a major Coast Guard search, according to MailOnline.
Spotted by a villager as he was preparing to set off from a remote Scottish port at dawn last Friday, he claimed he just wanted to make sure his jet ski was working properly before selling it.
The 28-year-old roofer was sentenced to one month in prison for his daring jet ski trip across the Irish Sea from Scotland to the Isle of Man to visit his lover, mother of two Jessica
Mclaughlan (pictured on his jet ski) sparked a Coast Guard search and rescue as he embarked on the 40-mile journey of the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway last Friday morning
McLaughlan's jet ski was abandoned on the beach at Ramsey Harbor in the Isle of Man after completing what he believed would be 40 minutes on what he believed would be four hours with just ten minutes of fuel
This map shows McLaughlan's 40km journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man on Friday
In reality, he was preparing to drive through rough seas to see Jessica after he was banned from entering the island due to anti-coronavirus regulations.
The alarm went off after barely swimming McLaughlan was unable to return to his car and jet ski trailer that was left near the harbor slide on the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway.
Coastguard teams who found his car came looking for him for fear that he drowned at sea in such harsh conditions that even local fishermen decided not to venture out.
The search began around the time he arrived at Ramsey Harbor on the Isle of Man, after completing his amazing four hour journey on just ten minutes of fuel.
The coast guards did not stop their hunt for him until they managed to contact him on his cell phone, and he assured them that he was safe.
It is believed he did not tell them that he had just landed on the Isle of Man and they assumed he was still in Scotland.
Pictured Dale McLaughlan has been incarcerated for four weeks after admitting arriving illegally on the island to see his lover Jessica
However, his romantic weekend ended when he was arrested by Manx police after they were found to have entered the island without permission.
He was locked up in the Douglas Courthouse for four weeks on Monday for violating anti-Covid rules, despite tests showing he did not have a coronavirus.
Social media users have praised McLaughlan for his romantic but daring gesture that endangers his life.
Former Isle of Whithorn Coast Guardian Alan McGhie, 63, said he was walking his dog and saw McLaughlan in the dark around 7 a.m. last Friday.
The chance encounter came after McLoughlan had driven 75 miles through the night on single lane forest trails from his home in Irvine, North Ayrshire, to reach the village, which is Scotland's closest point to the Isle of Man.
McLoughlan had driven 75 miles through the night on single lane forest roads from his home in Irvine, North Ayrshire, to Whithorn (above), Scotland's closest point to the Isle of Man
When a Coast Guard saw McLaughlan launch his jet ski from the slipway (above), he jokingly said, "Are you going to the Isle of Man?"
Police officers pictured on the car next to the slipway on the Isle of Whithorn, mainland Scotland, where Mclaughlan parked his car and trailer before starting his fateful journey
Mr. McGhie said, “He was sitting with the jet ski on the trailer attached to his car. Then I took my dog up on the cairn and when I came back he went to the slipway. "I stopped and put my window down and said jokingly, 'Are you going to the Isle of Man? "
He replied, "Oh no, there is no way that is at the bottom of the Irish Sea." & # 39; He said he only tried it because he sold it to someone else and wanted to check that it was okay.
& # 39; His car was parked near some trash cans in the parking lot. The jet ski was still on the trailer because it said it would wait until daylight to put it in the water and test it.
I said he would be fine in the bay but watch out for the lobster gates (lobster pots) in the water.
He said he was from Ayrshire and was selling the jet ski to someone in Dumfries.
“I found it a little suspicious because why would you come all the way from Ayrshire to test it out here?
“I saw the Coast Guard boys later that afternoon when I was out and they said they were looking for a man on a jet ski who was missing.
They said they managed to get him on the phone. He said he was fine but refused to let him be on the Isle of Man. & # 39;
Dale has two children with sweetheart Korrin Hastings (pictured together)
Mr. McGhie, who is an electrician, added, “What he did was insane. It's crazy enough to go to sea on a jet ski at this time of year, let alone go out that far. & # 39;
McLaughlan first met Jessica on a night in September after being given permission to work legally for four weeks on the island, which enforced strict border rules during the pandemic.
After returning to the mainland, he tried more than once to return to the Isle of Man to see his new girlfriend, but the authorities refused to allow him. Under the island's emergency coronavirus laws, anyone who breaks the rules must pay a maximum of three months behind bars or a fine of up to £ 10,000.
McLaughlan then carried out his plan of buying a jet ski and cruising the Irish Sea despite the dangers and lack of experience.
He went out with Jessica at two bars in Douglas on Friday night until 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.
When questioned by police on the street, he gave his address as her home and claimed he lived on the island permanently.
He was arrested at her home on Sunday evening. Jessica has not been charged with a criminal offense but has to be quarantined at home for two weeks.
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed that the search for McLaughlan began around noon last Friday.
He said: & # 39; HM Coastguard hired the Isle of Whithorn Coastguard rescue team to report an overdue jet skier on the Isle of Whithorn.
"Following an investigation, contact was made with the jet skier who confirmed that he is safe, healthy and does not need any help."
McLaughlan's former partner Korrin Hastings, 24, the mother of his two young children, has refused to comment. It is believed that they broke up prior to his romance with Jessica.
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