A Louisiana woman said her “bucket list” vacation in Tanzania ended tragically after her partner died while trying to pull off an underwater proposal, Louisiana news station WBRZ reported on September 20.
This video shows Steven Weber swimming up to the window of an underwater resort, a partially submerged structure anchored to the seafloor that gives guests a look into the ocean. The Manta Resort told the BBC that Weber “tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room” on Thursday afternoon.
Weber shows Kenesha Antoine, who’s standing inside the room, a piece of paper with a note asking her to marry him.
The 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! Will you please be my wife? Marry me???”
Weber, wearing a snorkel and flippers, gives Antoine time to read the two-sided note before reaching into his pocket to pull out a ring. He then swims out of frame.
“You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” 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 cruelest twist of fate imaginable,” Antoine said on Facebook.
The Department of State official issued the following statement to Storyful: “We are aware of reports of the death of a US citizen in Tanzania. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.” Credit: Kenesha Antoine via Storyful