A bunch of inventive Liverpool fans intent on being in Paris for the Champions League final sped across the Channel in a speedboat after finding out their EasyJet flight was cancelled.
It sounds like something out of a comic caper, but Reds supporter Paddy O'Toole knew he had to do something after his son, Patrick, found out his pal's plane had been grounded.
So Paddy, who is originally from Merseyside but now lives in Jersey, and 12 other supporters, hired a speedboat from Jersey to Saint Malo on Friday, May 27. The group have received plenty of attention after footage of the clever escapade went viral on social media.
And Paddy also spoke to the Liverpool ECHO. He said: "My lad Patrick’s mates Adam and Tom Dring who are from Huyton, had their EasyJet flight cancelled, so their Dad rushed them down to Heathrow to try a get a flight but there was nothing.
"They got a flight to Jersey last minute and they met up with us and asked could we get them to France. We felt sorry for the young lads so we had to do something."
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Once the boys landed in Jersey, approximately 14 miles from the French coast, Paddy got to work and rung up a pal from Kensington who owns swimming tuition company with a fleet of vessels.
The 12-strong group set off from Jersey in a Redbay Stormforce 950, heading straight for France. Among those travelling was 72-year-old Dave Walsh, Jamie O’Neill, Jay and Billy Giles and Joey OToole.
A video taken by Paddy shows the lads wearing life jackets and bobbing up and down on the waves as 'We Didn't Start The Fire' by Billy Joel blares out in the background.
None of the group even have a ticket for the final, which takes place at the Stade de France on Saturday night. But that didn't stop them from embarking on a journey that they'll be talking about for years to come.
Paddy said: "We saw a few dolphins on the way and got the train to Rennes and then to Paris. A few more of are mates from Liverpool who live in Jersey heard we were going and joined on. We haven't got a ticket between us."
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