Monday 29 May 2017

Woman’s horror after throwing engagement ring into Irish Sea one day after proposal

Jen McGowan and her partner Ed Cooper. Photo Credit: Facebook
Jen McGowan and her partner Ed Cooper. Photo Credit: Facebook
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A woman was left horrified after she realised she had accidentally thrown her precious engagement ring into the sea, just one day after her fiancé got down on one knee.

Jen McGowan (26) flung her £1,000 (€1174) ring into the Irish Sea as she played fetch with her dog on Port Logan Beach in Scotland, the same spot her partner Ed Cooper proposed to her just 24 hours before.

Horrified, the bride to be called her fiancé and couple spent hours searching the beach before taking to their community Facebook page 'I love Drummore' to appeal for help in locating the precious ring in October.

“I will remember the sight of it falling into the surf for the rest of my life; it was such an awful feeling,” Jen wrote on Facebook.

“I was feeling so angry with myself and sad that I'd lost such a special thing,” she said.

The next day, more than 30 local people turned up to help the couple search for the ring, many with metal detectors.

After a two hour search, a local man and amateur detectorist located the ring in the sand.

“Within two hours, of searching to a mathematical grid, these heroes had found my ring! Of course there were many tears when they told me - we were astonished to see that there's not a scratch on it.

The ring that Jen McGowan dropped into the Irish Sea. Photo via Facebook
The ring that Jen McGowan dropped into the Irish Sea. Photo via Facebook

“There are so many wonderful people in the world; I can't believe how much warmth and kindness has come our way in the past few days. The community really came together to help us to not only find our beautiful ring, but to see what a fantastic group of neighbours we have,” she said.

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