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Clifftop Marriage Proposal Takes A Horrifying Turn

John Dardis has fallen for Suzannah Newham, his wife-to-be, in the worst possible way. When Mr. Dardis asked his girlfriend, who goes by the name Suzie, to come to Cornwall, England, for a weekend, she didn’t think it was anything more than a romantic few nights away from home.

This all changed when Mr. Dardis got down on one knee and popped the question after the pair reached the top of a coastal cliff. However, as Mr. Dardis was getting down on one knee, things started going horribly wrong.

After booking a top hotel and booking a weekend of romantic activities, Mr. Dardis thought that he had planned for every possible occurrence. He was wrong.

Just as Mr. Dardis began kneeling and reaching into his pocket, the loving boyfriend’s foot slipped out from under him, causing him to fall down a small rise, breaking his ankle in the process. Finding himself embarrassed and unable to move, Mr. Dardis and Suzie decided that they needed help from the coastguard.

Luckily, Suzie was able to get service on her mobile phone and immediately asked for assistance. The coastguard were very responsive, dispatching ground units and a helicopter to supervise the rescue.

While Mr. Dardis waited to be carried from the clifftop, he realized that it would be a long time before he had another chance to propose to Suzie if he was in the hospital.

With this thought in his mind, the injured man maneuvered himself back onto one knee and asked Suzie to marry him. Fortunately, Suzie said yes and, with tears in her eyes, gingerly hugged her future husband.

The pair later celebrated their engagement by posing for photos with their coastguard rescuers.

In a Facebook post several days later, Mr. Dardis uploaded a photo of some champagne, announcing his engagement to Suzie and thanking the brave men and women at Cornwall’s Newquay Coastguard for their “great banter.”

In response, the Newquay Coastguard wrote about the incident on their official Facebook account. This is what the account’s manager wrote alongside a picture of the happy couple.

“John and Suzie are from Bristol and visiting Cornwall for the weekend. They decided to walk the coast path and John was intending a romantic proposal. However, after slipping and injuring his ankle he decided whilst waiting for the emergency services that proposing there and then was going to be more romantic than a hospital bed.

“He then asked Suzie to marry him. We are pleased to report she said yes. Congratulations to you both from all of the team. The casualty and his partner were located, his ankle was placed in a vacuum splint and he was given pain relief, then lifted over the fence and transported by the Coastguard to the waiting South West Ambulance Service crew at the road.

“It was an unfortunate accident but John was very stoic.”

A rescue officer at Newquay Coastguard, Regie Butler, later told the New York Post: “The best man’s got the best speech to give now.”

Source: New York Post
Photos: Newquay Coastguard/Facebook

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