Dad who crossed sea on jet ski because he missed girlfriend ‘can’t even swim’

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A lovesick bloke who was jailed for crashing across the Irish Sea on a jet ski to see his girlfriend can’t actually swim, a family source said.

The wannabe-Romeo, named as Dale McLaughlan, has been jailed for his daring 25-mile across water trip to see his partner.

He will now spend Christmas sulking behind bars, not with his two kids who live in Irvine, North Ayreshire.

And for good measure, he has gotten into hot water with his mum, Mail Online reported.

But fans of the hopeless romantic said he deserves a medal for his escapade, not a stint in the slammer.

It has now been revealed that dopey Dale survived a four-and-a-half-hour journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man not being able to swim.

And it's reported that he had never ridden a jet-ski before when he made the cross-water trip to see his lover Jessica Radcliffe.

Determined, he even had to trek 15-miles to see her once he reached land on Friday before he was arrested only two days later on Sunday at Radcliffe's home.

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McLaughlan falsely claimed he lived on the island and has since been found guilty of breaking Covid-19 rules.

A family source has now told the Mail that he is a "nice lad, but thick as a brick".

The source added: "The craziest thing is, he can’t even swim."

Mother-of-two Jessica Radcliffe is not in trouble with authorities but will have to quarantine over Christmas thanks to Dale's stunt.

It’s reported that the journey – which Dale thought would be a breezy 40-minute hop, skip and a jump – took more than four hours due to bad weather.

And it’s not just the cops that Dale has to worry about as his mum is said to be fuming.

The contractor’s mother, Allison, told the Mail: "He was supposed to be going over for work but as far as I know they put it off till January 11.

"I didn't even know about the jet ski. I just don't know why he did it – he could have killed himself."

Under the Isle of Man's current laws, the only non-residents allowed to enter are those who have been given special permission.

Dale’s defence lawyer said in court that he suffered from depression, and had not been coping without being able to see his girlfriend.

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