Jetski Romeo jailed for breaking lockdown is flogging the vessel on eBay for £4k

A lovesick Romeo who was jailed for his jaunt from Scotland to the Isle of Man to visit his girlfriend is selling the jetski he made the infamous journey on.

Dale McLaughlan, 28, is now flogging his Seadoo Spark for £4,500 following his four-and-a-half-hour trip to visit lover Jessica Radcliffe, 30.

McLaughlan set off on the trip despite never having ridden a water scooter before and being unable to swim.

In the eBay listing, Dale, of Irvine, Ayrshire, wrote: “For sale is 2015 Seadoo Spark which famously cross the Irish sea on December the 11th over 4.5 hours. Very agile and fast enough for most, definitely the most economical ski on the market.

“Trusted this ski with my life — served me well old friend.”

McLaughlan had travelled to the island to complete a construction project that had begun before the pandemic and it was during this time he met his now girlfriend, Jessica Radcliffe, 30.

Jessica has claimed McLaughlan was due to return to the island on January 11 to carry out further roofing work.

However, it has been confirmed that no entry certificate has been issued to allow him back on the Isle of Man, reports The Sun.

McLaughlan, a self-employed roofer, returned to Scotland on December 23 after serving just under half of his four-week jail term for breaching the island's Covid regulations.

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Smitten McLaughlan hit the headlines earlier this month when he embarked on a treacherous 25-mile jet ski journey across the Irish Sea on Friday, December 11, to see Jessica.

He set off on the trip to visit her despite never having ridden a water scooter before and being unable to swim.

A court heard McLaughlan had saved up to buy the jet ski and towed it 70 miles from his home in Irvine, North Ayrshire to a beach on the Isle of Whithorn.

He had expected the 25-mile trip to take 40 minutes but due to bad weather, it took him four-and-a-half-hours.

There was just ten minutes of fuel left in the tank when he arrived in Ramsey harbour, a police source said.

Speaking previously about his endeavors, Jessica, a healthcare worker, had nothing but praise for her lover.

She said: "I've had messages from all over the world. People 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."

The eBay auction will finish on January 15.

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