The rescue occurred last Saturday in Wild Fowl Bay, on the day that Nathan Buestein and May Gorial first got engaged, and then got stranded.
First came the marriage proposal.
Bluestein, of Northville, and Gorial, of Madison Heights, set out by canoe Saturday about 110 miles north of Detroit, the Huron County sheriff's department said. Bluestein, 27, told the Detroit Free Press that he had been planning the proposal for months. He tucked a message in a bottle inside a lunch bag that he brought on the trip.
Inside the bottle was a sheet of paper, soaked in tea and burned around the edges, with a poem written in French. Gorial, 32, a French teacher at Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights, began reading and translating the poem before finding a marriage proposal written in English on another piece of paper.
"The way I look at it ... she's my best friend and the love of my life," Bluestein said.
Gorial said yes, the couple talked and snapped pictures, and didn't realize what they were up against; strong wind and waves kept them from returning to shore.
They ended up on North Island and the sheriff's department sent two deputies by boat from Caseville, to bring the lovebirds back to terra firma.
Bluestein and Gorial don't have a wedding date set, but they say the rescuers will definitely be invited.
"If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have seen the wedding day," Gorial said.