2010-01-07 / Front Page

Heartwarming moment caps an icy plunge

By Dara Chadwick

Tristan Raynes proposes to Ana Henao after taking part in the Penguin Plunge. Tristan Raynes proposes to Ana Henao after taking part in the Penguin Plunge. When 29-year-old Ana Henao headed to Mackerel Cove last Friday to take part in her first Penguin Plunge, she had no idea she’d soon be asked to take another kind of plunge.

When she got out of the water, her boyfriend of five years, 29-year-old Tristan Raynes, wrapped her in a fuzzy pink robe.

Then he asked her to check the pocket.

What she found was a ring – and Raynes on one knee on the sand.

“She was completely surprised,” Raynes said.

He decided to propose during the Penguin Plunge because he thought it would be “a great way to remember a really great event,” he said.

The two met while working in a restaurant called The Quays in Hoboken, N.J. Raynes grew up in Jamestown, attending Jamestown schools, North Kingstown High School and the University of Rhode Island. Henao moved to New Jersey from her native Bogota, Colombia, when she was seven years old, Raynes said, adding that her family still lives in New Jersey.

Here in Jamestown, Raynes said, his parents, Dorothy and Richard Raynes, are “totally excited” about the engagement. The day was even more meaningful because his sister and her husband, who live in Arizona, were visiting with their new baby, he said.

Just as with his proposal, island waters will provide the setting for the couple’s nuptials – they’ll marry on Aug. 27 at Ft. Getty, Raynes said.

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