Steven Weber and Kenesha Antoine, both from the United States, booked four nights in Pemba Island’s underwater room, which lies approximately 250m (820ft) from the shore, on the east coast of Africa. According to BBC, a British public service broadcaster, Weber plunged into the water to make his proposal on the third day of their stay. Wearing a mask and fins, he held a handwritten note against the bedroom windows to present to his girlfriend. The note, which was placed inside a transparent plastic bag, 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!”
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The other side of the note says “Will you marry me?” He then presented a ring to Antoine. However, Weber failed to resurface and did not get to hear Kenesha’s joyful answer. The reason why he never emerged from the water has yet to be determined. Antoine shared video and images of the proposal through Facebook on September 20. In the same Facebook post, she said, “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.”
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Antoine described her boyfriend as kind and compassionate. She shared how Weber made her cry with laughter and showered her with a love that she never experienced before. “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 added.
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According to CNN, an American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia, the resort where the couple was staying issued a statement on Saturday confirming the death. "Our sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with his girlfriend, families and friends impacted by this tragic accident," said Matthew Saus, the resort's CEO.