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$9k ring falls into rocks during proposal

August 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A marriage proposal went awry outside Boston, Mass. after the engagement ring fell into a rock jetty.Matt Cawley wanted to surprise his girlfriend during a romantic walk on Monday with a $9,000 ring that was also a family heirloom.

He tied it to a sand dollar, and called her attention to it.

When she grabbed it, the ring fell and then vanished in between the rocks.

The frantic couple asked beachgoers and lifeguards to help in the search.

"Every single rock around where it fell was moved, and there was a flashlight and ropes involved," said Cawley's girlfriend. "My heart broke for Matt because I know he put so much effort."

Another ring has been ordered, and the couple also learned Cawley's mother had the family heirloom insured, just in case.


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