Man drowns during underwater marriage proposal

An underwater marriage proposal in Tanzania has turned to tragedy, with a man drowning just moments after his partner said yes.

The couple from Louisiana were on holiday and staying in a wooden cabin half-submerged in the ocean at the Manta Resort when the incident happened on Thursday.

Video shows Steven Weber holding up a piece of paper asking his girlfriend Kenesha Antoine to marry him, before pulling out the ring.

"I can't hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you," the message read. "Everything I love about you, I love more every day!"

She posted the video to social media, but says he failed to surface.

"You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, 'Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!' Antoine wrote.

"We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruellest twist of fate imaginable. 

"I will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days, and that we both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together."

The Manta Resort told BBC News Weber "tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room", and staff were "shaken to the core".

"Please love each other while you can, as hard as you can," Antoine wrote on Facebook.

"I know that wherever in the universe Steven's spirit now resides, that is exactly what he's doing: giving love and spreading joy and laughter. And knowing him, always quick with an off-color joke, he's probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra.

"Rest well, my sweet baby! Always know that you are forever loved!" 

The US State Department confirmed Weber's death, saying it was ready to provide consular assistance to Antoine and her family.



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