IMAGES: Charlotte-area couple'' s proposition goes awry

SOUTHPORT, NC (WBTV) –

A Charlotte-area couple certainly has an engagement to remember after the future groom dropped the engagement ring into the ocean while trying to propose.

Kayla Harrity, 24, works for the Town of Waxhaw. She and her sweetheart, 25-year-old Matthew Picca, are on a vacation with her household in Southport, NC when he chose to shock her with a proposal.

Kayla states the couple went to Old American Fish on Saturday and she saw Matthew’s mother.

“I turned around and he was getting down on one knee,” Kayla recalled. “As he opened the ring box, the ring fell out of the box and fell through the cracks on the deck and into the water. I didn’t even get to see it before it dropped.”

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Kayla says everybody remained in overall shock and speechless.

“I covered my face and started to cry due to the fact that I knew my sweetheart was ravaged,” she stated. “Matthew did not even get to say anything to me prior to the ring fell into the ocean.”
Virtually right away, Kayla says, a number of people decreased to the boat slip beneath bench and jumped in the water and began looking for the ring.

Kayla’s brother-in-law, sis and Matthew all delved into the water, fully dressed, to search for the ring.

“At the bar, there were 3 men who were enjoying a beer who saw the whole thing,” she stated. “They have to have felt bad for us and did not want to see our engagement end like this. They jumped in the water and helped look for the ring.”

Kayla states her sister believed Matthew had a special case on his phone and stuck it under the water to use as a flashlight. It didn’t have the case. Now his phone is messed up.

“I began going to the neighboring dining establishments asking if anybody had safety glasses,” she said. “I understood if we had some we could find the ring.”

She states people were handing the group flashlights and a local ran home to get some safety glasses for the team.

“After 10 flashlights, and 5 pairs of goggles and over 1.5 hours of searching in the water … the ring was found!” Kayla said.

A guy called Kyle Blusher found the ring and shouted out.

“Everybody at bench was cheering. Suddenly, everybody was shouting ‘Propose once more! Do it once more!’,” Kayla remembered. “It was the very best feeling on the planet. My fiancĂ©, soaking damp, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to obtain down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!”

“The energy of everybody at the bar was unbelievable. It was an overall shock that he even found the ring,” she continued. “We strolled upstairs and purchased the males who assisted us a round of shots. They were fantastic and we are so grateful to have their help that night.”

After remaining at bench for about an hour, the couple took a charming carriage trip around Southport.

“When we got back, people were still turning up asking to see the ring,” Kayla stated. “They said everyone in Southport was discussing it. It was absolutely a night to bear in mind!”

She says the couple intends to get married in Southport next year and want to thank everybody that helped them find the ring.

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