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Mass. Man Ties $9,000 Ring to Sand Dollar, Bride-To-Be Drops It In the Ocean

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Thousands of dollars washed away as a newly engaged couple learned a tough lesson. A local couple's engagement went awry after the bride-to-be dropped the ring into the ocean.

Slipping away into the sea.

Thousands of dollars washed away as a newly engaged couple learned a tough lesson. A Massachusetts couple's engagement went awry after the bride-to-be dropped the ring into the ocean.

Matt Cawley had planned to propose to his girlfriend Stacey Scanlon on the jetty of Bass River Beach on Cape Cod. The Dedham, Massachusetts native tied the $9,000 engagement ring to a large sand dollar and left it on the jetty, hoping to lead Scanlon there shortly after.

When he pointed out the sand dollar, Scanlon picked it up and the knot untied sending the ring into the ocean. The couple, along with 10 lifeguards and some good samaritans searched for the ring for more than 4 hours. At one point, they even moved the jetty which was built of rocks weighing about 250 lbs.

No one could find the ring, but there was a silver lining to the story. Cawley's mother had the ring insured without his knowledge one day before the ring took the plunge.

Some would call it a rough start to a marriage, but that is not how this couple is looking at it.

“We’ve come to our senses and we can laugh about it now” said the bride-to-be.

Word is definitely out that this ring is still missing because there has been an army of people with metal detectors on the beach looking for it.


FoxNews Online, August 11, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/11/mass-man-ties-ring-sand-dollar-bride-drops-ocean/?test=latestnews

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