It should have been a wonderfully romantic gesture. Instead, however, a young man's attempted marriage proposal has become the toast of YouTube.
Love struck Shane tried to pop the question to his girlfriend as they sat on a paddle boat with pals. But things went spectacularly wrong after she playfully hit his arm — and he dropped the expensive engagement ring into the water.
The YouTube video shows Shane slowly paddling with a group of friends on the Wisconsin River outside of Muscoda, Wis.
He suddenly asks his girlfriend, Cheri, to look over at four people standing on the shore, holding up signs that reads: 'Will you marry me?' With the ring held between his thumb and index finger, he goes to propose.
Before he can do so, she inadvertently knocks the jewelry out of his hands — and straight into the water.
'Oh, my God!' Shane repeatedly says as he desperately scrabbles around to try and find the band.
Covering her mouth with her hands, Cheri then starts to sob before the video cuts out.
So far, the video has been watched millions of times. And Shane has decided to make his next proposal on dry land.