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Man drowns during underwater marriage proposal

 International Desk

 Published: 10:23 AM, 22 September 2019  

Kenesha Antoine filmed Steven Weber`s romantic marriage proposal off Pemba Island, Tanzania

Kenesha Antoine filmed Steven Weber`s romantic marriage proposal off Pemba Island, Tanzania

An American man has drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater on holiday in Tanzania.

Steven Weber and his girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine, were staying in a submerged cabin at the Manta Resort, off Pemba Island.

Footage shows Weber diving underwater to ask Antoine to marry him. In the video, Weber presses a hand-written proposal note against the cabin window as Antoine films from inside.

Antoine, confirming Weber's death in a Facebook post, said he "never emerged from those depths".

Kenesha Antoine and Steven Weber

The Manta Resort told the BBC Weber "tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room" on Thursday afternoon. 

"It is with the deepest regret that we inform that a fatal accident occurred at The Manta Resort on Thursday 19 September 2019," the resort said in a statement.

Matthew Saus, CEO of the resort, said "everyone is shaken to the core" by Weber's death.

Weber and Antoine had booked four nights at the resort's underwater room, which lies approximately 250m (820ft) from the shore. Costing $1,700-a-night (£1,300), the cabin is anchored in water around 10m (32ft) deep.

On the third day of their stay, Weber, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, plunged into the water to make his proposal. Wearing goggles and flippers, he held a note against the cabin's glass window as Antoine watched on from within.

In the proposal note, Weber wrote: "I can`t hold my breath long"

His note read: "I can't hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you. But… everything I love about you, I love more every day!"

Later in the video, Weber turns over the sheet of paper to reveal the proposal, before pulling an engagement ring from his shorts and swimming out of view.

Saus told the BBC his staff responded to a "problem in the water", but when they arrived "absolutely nothing could be done".

In her Facebook post, Antoine said Weber "never got to hear her answer" to his proposal, which would have been "a million times, yes".

"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," she wrote.

The Manta Resort`s underwater room costs $1,700-a-night (£1,300)

"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 US Department of State said it is aware of the death of a US citizen in Tanzania, in East Africa.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss," a spokesperson said. "We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance." - BBC