HOLDEN – “You’ve got to believe sometimes, even though it’s small chances,” said Evan Nadeau.
Evan and his fiancée Erin Helfen have been together for almost 10 years. They’re engaged to be married later this fall. About a month ago, they were spending a warm, sunny day hiking in Gulf Hagas.
“We were swimming around a little bit, my brother took a picture of us. We got out of the water and hiked about ten minutes, a quarter mile up the trail,” said Nadeau.
That’s when they realized something was wrong.
“I fidgeted and I looked down and I was like, ‘Oh my God it’s not there,'” said Helfen.
Erin’s engagement ring was gone, and after searching the trail, they both realized where it must be: somewhere in the water, at the bottom of Buttermilk Falls.
“I felt terrible. I didn’t know what to do, I assumed we wouldn’t be getting it back because who thinks they can just go in the water and get it back,” said Helfen.
The two tried to keep things positive.
“It was a ring, it’s okay, but I wasn’t going to give up on it just then,” Nadeau said.
Evan finally came up with a plan. On his day off, he borrowed a friend’s scuba gear and headed back to the site. There, he spent over two hours searching. And just when he was about to give up…
“I just find it wedged. The band was wedged under a big rock,” said Nadeau. “Those little prongs right around the diamond just jammed and I thought to myself, you’ve got to be kidding me.”
Weeks after the ring sank to the bottom, there it was, back in Evan’s hand.
“I think somebody was watching out for me that day because there’s no way I should have found it,” Nadeau said.
Evan quickly drove home to tell his fiancée the good news.
“We started talking and he said, ‘Oh you know I swam a lot and I got really tired of it,’ and I said, ‘I’m sure I’m sorry,'” Helfen said. “And he said, ‘You know, one thing I don’t get tired of is proposing to you,’ and he whips out the ring and I don’t even know what I said.”
A situation that Evan and Erin thought would haunt them forever turned into an incredible story they’ll tell children and grandchildren for years.
“It’s definitely something we’ll never forget, and it makes me feel like we’re meant to be,” Helfen said.