Man Drowns During Underwater Marriage Proposal At Exclusive Hotel Resort
A woman has shared eerie video of her fiance's last moments, saying he "died while being extra" in an underwater proposal stunt gone wrong.
Kenesha Antoine, a lawyer from Baton Rouge in the American state of Louisiana, shared a heartbreaking post on social media with photos and videos of the "beautiful soul" that was her partner, Steven Weber.
The pair had travelled to the exclusive Manta Resort, a hotel at Pemba Island, off the coast of Tanzania. They stayed in cabin anchored in the ocean, with underwater aquarium-style windows giving visitors a look under the sea. Weber had dived into the ocean to press a note against the window, asking Antoine to marry him.
Video posted showed he only used a face mask and no breathing equipment. Antoine said he died during the proposal.
"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 in a long message alongside the photos and video.
"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."
Video posted by Antoine shows her laughing as Weber presses a hand-written proposal note against the glass, then pulls out a box to show her a ring.
The note read, in part: "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?"
The video ends with Weber swimming back toward the surface. It is unclear exactly how he died.
Antoine wrote that the couple had seen the trip as a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience.
"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," she wrote.
"There are no words adequate enough to honour the beautiful soul that is Steven Weber, Jr. You were a bright light to everyone you encountered. You never met a stranger, and you brought so much joy to so many people."
"You were kind, compassionate, you regularly made me cry with laughter, and you showered me with a love like none I’d ever experienced."
The resort reportedly told the BBC the man had "tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room" on Thursday afternoon. The resort's CEO said hotel staff were "shaken to the core" by the incident. The BBC reported that the U.S. Department of State was aware of the death of a citizen in Tanzania.
"I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next... I love you so much, and I always will," Antoine said.
"He’s probably entertaining someone with a story about how he royally screwed up that proposal and died while being extra."