Man drowns to death while proposing underwater

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An American national drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater during a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to Tanzania.

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

Antoine filmed the moment Weber, wearing goggles and flippers, dived underwater to ask her to marry him.

In the video, Weber presses a handwritten note against the cabin window.

Antoine, confirming Weber’s death in a Facebook post, said he “never emerged from those depths”.

The Manta Resort said the victim “tragically drowned while freediving alone outside the underwater room.”

“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 the death.

Weber and Antoine had booked four nights at the resort’s underwater room, which lies approximately 250m (820ft) from the shore.

The water where the cabin is anchored is around 10m (32ft) deep.

On the third day of their stay, Weber, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, plunged into the water to hold his proposal note against the cabin’s glass window.