A Detroit, Mich. couple's private marriage proposal ended up being very public after their canoe drifted too far from shore on Saturday, causing them to call the police for rescue.
Nathan Bluestein and May Gorial were canoeing on Lake Huron for what was supposed to be a romantic surprise proposal for Gorial reports the Detroit Free Press. Bluestein placed a message in a bottle and dropped it into the lake when Gorial wasn't looking. To her surprise, Gorial, a high school French teacher, opened the bottle to discover a poem in French and a note in English.
She thought the message was meant for someone else, until she read the English note.
"You're the love of my life," Gorial recalled the note's contents to the Free Press. "I can't imagine spending the rest of my life without you. That being said ... "
She quickly discovered it was meant for her when Bluestein pulled out a ring and popped the question.
Their happy moment turned sour when they realized that waves and wind had pushed their canoe too far from land. After struggling against the elements, the couple called the police for help.
Gorial and Bluestein aren't the first couple this year to need rescuing after a marriage proposal. In January, an Oklahoma couple hitched a ride in a Black Hawk helicopter after they got lost during a sand dune hike that included a marriage proposal in New Mexico.
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