Jetski Romeo ‘splits from his girlfriend’ – months after he risked his life by crossing the Irish Sea to be with her during Covid lockdown
The lovesick Romeo who got thrown in prison for crossing the treacherous Irish Sea on a jet ski just to see his girlfriend has split up with her just months later, friends of the couple say.
Dale McLaughlan, 28, won the heart of Jessica Radcliffe, 30, after making the 25-mile journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man to visit his new love in December last year – spending four and a half hours at sea.
However, friends of the couple have told The Mirror that the romantic gesture wasn’t enough to make the relationship last and the couple have reportedly called it quits after McLaughlan failed to gain Isle of Man residency status.
Dale McLaughlan, 28, made the 25-mile journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man to visit his sweetheart in December last year – spending four and a half hours at sea
Radcliffe also appears to have deleted photos of the ex-boyfriend from her Facebook.
The news comes just days after Radcliffe was charged with viciously attacking another woman.
Radcliffe was charged with causing actual bodily harm, causing criminal damage and breaching lockdown restrictions.
The 30-year-old appeared at Douglas Courthouse on the Isle of Man via video link on April 1 as the court heard Radcliffe and a friend drove to the home of another woman they had a feud with.
McLaughlan (left) was jailed for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules to see Jessica (right), but was freed three days before Christmas after serving 10 days of his sentence
Jessica Radcliffe has been charged with causing actual bodily harm, causing criminal damage and breaching lockdown restrictions
Prosecutor Chrissie Hunt told the court the pair kicked and punched the woman as she screamed to her housemate to protect her children who were upstairs in their bedroom.
The woman was then dragged up the stairs by the pair, which left her with burns on her forehead, the court heard.
She was also allegedly left with bruising and injuries to her head, arms and back.
Radcliffe and Bradley, who were both described as unemployed, were bailed for £500 and are yet to enter their pleas.
Radcliffe (pictured) also appears to have deleted photos of the ex-boyfriend from her Facebook
The alleged attack comes after Radcliffe’s ex-boyfriend McLaughlan’s foolhardy plan to join his girlfriend of three months on the Isle of Man via jetski sparked a major Coastguard search.
He was spotted by a villager as he prepared to set off at dawn from a remote Scottish harbour, and claimed that he just wanted to make sure his jet ski was working properly before he sold it.
In reality he was preparing to ride through rough seas to see Jessica after he was banned from entering the island due to anti-coronavirus regulations.
The alarm was raised after McLaughlan, who can hardly swim, failed to return to his car and jet ski trailer left near the harbour slipway in the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway.
Coastguard teams who found his car searched for him amid fears he had drowned at sea in conditions so rough that even local fishermen had decided not to venture out.
The search started at around the time he arrived in Ramsey harbour on the Isle of Man after completing his amazing four hour trip with only ten minutes of fuel left.
Coastguards only called off their hunt for him after they managed to contact him on his mobile phone and he assured them he was safe.
It is believed that he failed to tell them that he had just landed in the Isle of Man, and they assumed he was still in Scotland.
But his weekend of romance ended when he was arrested by Manx police after he was found to have entered the island without a permit.