Louisiana Man Dies During Underwater Proposal at Tanzania Resort, Girlfriend Says
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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
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    13.5%pop-&-90%of-the-crimes
    Probably shallow water blackout, he stayed down too long allowing her to read the note and see the ring, it happens often when you free dive and stay down too long, he wasn't trained for this and paid with his life. I feel for him and his loved ones. RIP buddy.
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    rick
    Good thing this article was loaded with facts, such as how far down he had dived, how long he was submerged, who all was with him, if there was anyone at the surface watching him.. no.. just some video with him showing a letter. Sure he made a mistake, but a journalist would have found out more relevant information.
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    Kitty
    I know it’s tragic and very sad but common? Underwater marriage proposal? Why is so extreme? What happened to the good old fashioned marriage proposal?
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    ybnormal07
    I will do the reporters job. The location is 32 feet down. Lest anyone thinks this is a piece of cake, it isn't. Very easy to drown going to this depth and back up. You would need at least static apnea practice and some sore of weights to help with the decent. Last but not least, never, ever dive alone. So many things can go wrong.
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    Mike
    “I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love..." He couldn't hold his breath long enough for her to read the so-called "note", either. Maybe if it was just a note, but it was so long that it was like two pages from a book: "gives Antoine time to read the two-sided note..."
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    milesy
    Wouldn't it have been more romantic and life-friendly to propose on the beach, bended on one knee, w/ a ring? Less trauma for everyone around.
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    J
    Very sorry for the guy and his girlfriend, but he wrote : "I can't hold my breath long enough..." that should have prompted him to calculate how long it would take for her to read his "note..." I mean letter... He had to hold it against the glass, wait until she somehow showed him she had read it, then turn it around for the marriage proposal (on the other side of the LETTER) This is crucial time because this is where she says yes or no... all the while he has to get the ring from his back pocket, open the friggin' box and also make sure she sees it. I'm sure he also wanted to see all her reactions (not to mention her "yes" to the proposal) through a dirty diving mask and a foggy glass while holding a letter (right hand) and an open engagement ring box.... To top it all, he can't react with any show of emotion because he can't breath. I mean, Houdini would have drowned too... You'd have to be a friggin' dolphin to propose like this.
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    jeff
    So what exactly happened? It shows him swimming up, how far down was this window? Did he die on the way up? Did he make it up and pass out, then drown?
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    Jc
    Sounds like Shallow Water Blackout, which is one of the biggest risks in free diving.
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    Stephen
    It's not a cruel twist of fate. It's called don't f around with water.
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