Man’s whitewater rafting proposal goes wrong after ring disappears

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Most marriage proposals go viral because how well they were pulled off, but one man’s proposal is catching people’s eye because of how badly it went wrong.

Richmond, Va., native Jesse Puryear recently proposed to his girlfriend while on the Ocoee River near her hometown in Tennessee. Puryear decided to pop the question while they were whitewater rafting.

The proposal sounded great in theory, but it didn’t go as smoothly as Puryear would have liked it to.

Since he knew it would be a bumpy ride, he tied the engagement ring to a cord and attached it to his life vest.

The proposal got off to a great start -- she said yes. But after he popped the question, the raft hit a huge rapid, sending the ring flying.

After discovering the missing ring on the cord, he searched the boat, which had holes in it, for the ring. Luckily, Puryear found the ring in the bottom of the boat. He immediately gave it to a friend in the boat for safekeeping.

Puryear caught the ordeal on camera and posted it on YouTube and on his Facebook page.