U.S. man drowns while proposing underwater in Tanzania

Agence France-Presse
U.S. man drowns while proposing underwater in Tanzania
The man dies after proposing to his girlfriend through the window of their underwater hotel room in Zanzibar

NAIROBI, Kenya – An American man has drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater at an idyllic island off the coast of Tanzania, a luxury resort said in a statement Sunday, September 22.

His girlfriend Kenesha Antoine posted on her Facebook page footage of Steven Weber proposing to her through the window of their underwater hotel room at the luxury Manta Resort in Zanzibar.

“You never emerged from those depths so you never got to hear my answer, ‘Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!'” she wrote Friday, September 20, in a post confirming his death.

Her video shows Weber swimming up to the window, and pressing a handwritten note against it which 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.”

He then pulled out a ring as Antoine squealed with joy while filming.

It is unclear what went wrong during the proposal at Pemba Island, a popular honeymoon destination.

“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 wrote.

“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.”

Manta chief executive officer Matthew Saus confirmed to Agence France-Presse in an email Sunday that “a male guest tragically drowned while freediving alone outside the underwater room” on Thursday, September 19.

“The accident is currently under investigation by the local Zanzibar police authority.”

The couple were staying in the resort’s famed “Underwater Room,” a $1,700 (1,500 euro)-a-night floating structure offshore in crystal clear waters, where the bed is surrounded by glass windows looking into the ocean. – Rappler.com

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