Tourist drowns in marriage bid scene

23Sep 2019
Marc Nkwame
ARUSHA
The Guardian
Tourist drowns in marriage bid scene

A tourist named Steven Weber drowned to death over the weekend, when attempting to make a dramatic proposal to his lover, who was put up in the underwater hotel at Pemba Island.

The incident occurred in Konde area and the grieved bride, Kenesha Antoine stated that her partner died while trying to pull off an underwater proposal, a video going viral online shows Steven Weber swimming up to the window of an underwater resort, with a written proposal.

He dived onto the window of a partially submerged structure anchored to the seafloor that gives guests a look into the ocean. The late Weber is seen holding up a note to Kenesha Antoine, who was standing inside the room. It was a piece of paper 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, apparently only gave Antoine time to read the two-sided note before reaching into his pocket to pull out a proposal ring. He then swims out of the video frame as sea water sucked him down.

Antoine replied with a “Yes,” but it was too late. Her lover was already dead in the Indian Ocean waters.

“You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” Antoine wrote on her Facebook page, aggrieving about what she described to be “the cruellest twist of fate imaginable.” She did not say how Weber died.

The Department of State of Louisiana admitted to the media that a US tourist died in Tanzania, but no other details were reported. Efforts to contact authorities in Pemba weren’t successful either. 

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