• US tourist drowns in Tanzanian resort after underwater marriage proposal

    In a tragic event, a tourist from Louisiana has died after staging an underwater marriage proposal in Tanzania. Steven Weber and his girlfriend Kenesha Antoine were on a vacation in the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off the coast of Tanzania.

    Antoine has shared the images and video of their last moments together in a Facebook post. The video shows a man swimming in the waters outside the resort’s transparent underwater cabin while holding a piece of paper inside a clear plastic bag. The handwritten note on the paper reads, “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.”

    In the background, the woman could be heard laughing and the reverse side of the paper is shown containing the words “Will you please be my wife?” The swimmer then produces a ring out of his pocket. Unfortunately, Weber never came up to the surface after his romantic stunt.

    In her Facebook post Antoine mentions, “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.”

    “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’s post continued. “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.”

    “There are no words adequate enough to honor 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,” she added as a tribute.

    Officials of the Manta Resort confirmed the death and said that Weber died while free-diving outside their underwater room. Matthew Saus, the resort’s CEO, said that everyone in the resort is deeply shaken by the tragic event and added,” Our sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with his girlfriend, families, and friends impacted by this tragic accident.”

    The local authorities are conducting an investigation of the death. The US state department confirmed the news and said “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”

     

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