A couple who lost their engagement ring in Times Square got some good news Sunday; the NYPD has recovered the ring.
John Drennan and Daniella Anthony were visiting New York City from the U.K. after Thanksgiving. They got engaged on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Central Park; the day before they were set to return home. But the engagement ring disappeared down a grate.
The New York Police Department quickly took to Twitter on Saturday not only to retrieve the ring but also to find the couple.
“WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC! She said Yes – but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate. Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them? call 800-577-TIPS @NYPDTIPS @NYPDMTN.”
The video accompanying the tweet showed the couple reacting. The man dropped to his belly to peer through the grate as the woman squatted beside him.
It had the makings of the ultimate feel-good holiday yarn, and while Twitter scrambled to find the couple, CNN and other media outlets led their stories with some iteration of, “First he got down on one knee, then he was sent scrambling on his hands and knees.”
“We would like to thank everyone who shared this story!” the department tweeted. “The (now) happy couple is back in their home country, but thanks to your retweets they heard we were looking for them! We’re making arrangements to get them their ring back. Congratulations!”
“We are so happy, we can’t believe it,” the young couple said via BBC.
“I want to clarify that I did not propose over a grate in Times Square – that’s where we lost it,” Drennan said.
The couple will now coordinate with the NYPD to get the ring safely returned to their home in Peterborough, UK.