Guy Drops Girlfriend’s Engagement Ring Into Ocean, Entire Town Jumps In After It


Have you ever heard that John Lennon quote “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans?” Because #truth. You can ask anyone and the story will probably go something along the lines of I had made plans to do x, but then life happened and screwed everything up. Or, you can just ask Matthew Picca, and he’ll probably tell you this story.

Matt dates Kayla, and he had finally decided to do that thing all women hope for and not-so-subtly pressure men into. He was going to propose. So one night, in Southport, North Carolina, they took a casual stroll on a dock, as couples who like to live life on the edge during a proposal do. Families are there, I’m going to assume there was a sunset at one point, he’s down on one knee – everything’s perf. And then you realize you’re on a dock made from wooden planks floating on some water making a major life decision and you DROP THE RING INTO THE OCEAN.


“I covered my face and began to cry because I knew my boyfriend was devastated,” Kayla, aka calmest fiancée ever, told WBTV. “Matthew did not even get to say anything to me before the ring fell into the ocean.”

But then Kayla’s sister was like, “Let’s use the flashlight on Matt’s waterproof phone to look for the ring underwater,” before they realized that Matt’s phone wasn’t waterproof. Thanks a lot, Kayla’s sister. Now Matt’s down a ring and a phone.

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), Matt decided to propose in front of their entire town. Boom! Instant search and rescue team. Ten flashlights, five pairs of goggles, and an hour-and-a-half later, the day was saved, the ring was found, and they even got a story to tell the grandkids one day. As for those who waded in five feet of water in search of what I hope, for their sake, was a massive rock? They made out like drunken bandits after Matt and Kayla bought a round of shots to thank everyone for their heroic rescue efforts, easily making them the only newly-engaged couple I can tolerate as alcohol is the way to my heart.

Here’s to hoping the couple has a long and happy marriage and water damage protection for their phones.

[via Gawker, WBTV]

Image via WBTV

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My state gave you J. Law, Clooney, two-fifths of the Backstreet Boys, and multiple fifths of bourbon. The SEC is better, Beyoncé is my Jesus, and one time I wrote a cover letter using Brian McKnight lyrics. Psuedo-adult by day; PGP, TFM, and TSM contributor by night. Please don't ask me to do math.

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