Romeo jet skier breaks his finger taking selfie at Giant's Causeway

Romeo roofer who was jailed for jet-skiing across the Irish Sea to visit his girlfriend in lockdown breaks his finger after being flattened by a wave while taking a selfie at Giant’s Causeway

  • Dale Mclaughlan, 29, visited the rock formation near Bushmills, Northern Ireland
  • The footage shows Mr Mclaughlan with his friend Arron Martin on September 30
  • Viewed more than 150,000 times, the stunt was met with backlash online

The Romeo roofer jailed on the Isle of Man for jet-skiing across the Irish Sea from Scotland to see his new sweetheart has been accused of having a ‘death wish’ yet again.

Dale Mclaughlan, 29, broke his finger when he was flattened by a wave while taking a selfie at Giant’s Causeway on September 30.   

He visited the iconic rock formation near Bushmills, Northern Ireland, with his friend Arron Martin, 28. 

Dale Mclaughlan, 29, broke his finger when he was flattened by a wave while taking a selfie at Giant’s Causeway on September 30

The footage shows Mr Mclaughlan, from Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, step out onto the slippery rocks while the Irish Sea crashed into the coastline behind him

The footage shows Mr Mclaughlan, from Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, step out onto the slippery rocks while the Irish Sea crashed into the coastline behind him.

Smiling into his camera, Mr Mclaughlan tried to pose to take a selfie but was quickly swamped by an onrushing wave.   

Mr Mclaughlan only broke the forefinger of his right hand despite being crushed against the rocks.

He even managed to retrieve his phone after dropping it in the water.

Mr Mclaughlan became infamous for riding a jet ski from Scotland to the Isle of Man to see his new sweetheart during the first lockdown

His ‘dangerous’ stunt was met with backlash when he shared it online with many claiming it could be an entry to the Darwin Awards.

Mr Mclaughlan laughed off the critics and said ‘life is literally for living’.

He said: ‘We had just come back from the gym when we realised how close we were to the Giant’s Causeway and wanted to run over and check it out.

‘We’re only over for a few weeks while contracted for work. We wanted to take the opportunity to do some sightseeing and I’ve always wanted to see it.

‘I didn’t want to pass up the chance to see it. There are a few things that say the rocks are slippery but I wanted a selfie with the waves. We’d been soaked just before the video started.

‘I broke the forefinger on my right hand. Fortunately it hasn’t stopped me working, I’ve definitely been through a lot worse.

Mr Mclaughlan visited the iconic rock formation near Bushmills, Northern Ireland, with his friend Arron Martin, 28

He even managed to retrieve his phone after dropping it in the water

‘Me and Arron have been friends all our lives. He’s just used to my hijinks now, he just shakes his head and rolls his eyes at me.’

Footage of Mr Mclaughlan’s soaking has been viewed more than 150,000 times online with people saying he should be up for the ‘Darwin awards’ and has a ‘death wish’.

One person said: ‘Darwin Award candidates.’

Another said: ‘Lucky you didn’t get swept out.’

Smiling into his camera, Mr Mclaughlan tried to pose to take a selfie but was quickly swamped by an onrushing wave

Footage of Dale’s soaking has been viewed more than 150,000 times online with people saying he should be up for the ‘Darwin awards’ and has a ‘death wish’

Mr Mclaughlan laughed off the critics and said ‘life is literally for living’

One commenter wrote: ‘Seriously dangerous doing that and putting the lives of rescue works at risk then. Incredibly stupid behaviour.’

In response, a defiant Mr Mclaughlan said: ‘A lot of people have said I have a death wish or I should be up for the Darwin Awards but I don’t see the point in living your life being afraid of things.

‘Life is literally for living. All of these people who sit in their houses under the covers afraid to go out, what kind of life is that?’

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