September 21, 2019

"Louisiana man dies during underwater proposal in Tanzania."

The NY Post reports — with the video of the man swimming up to the bedroom window and holding a marry-me note up to it and showing a ring.
“I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you,” the note read. “BUT . . . everything I love about you I love more EVERY DAY! Will you please be my WIFE? Marry me??”
That's the note. You see him swim away, and — as the woman tells the story on Facebook — he "never emerged from those depths."

It's not clear how the man died.

31 comments:

JAORE said...

I proposed to my lovely wife in the Guatemalan jungle with a howler monkey (live) hat and poison tree frogs on a necklace. I bungee jumped,using native tree vines, to where she sat,unaware, on the jungle floor below. Catching a glimpse of an object hurling at her from above she cried out and raised her hands in a defensive posture. I slipped the ring on her hand before the vines recoiled slinging me into a deep ravine.

Because, after all, you can not really love her unless the proposal is in an exotic region with an exotic delivery with a large dose of danger.

Sheesh.

Wince said...

Heart wrenching.

buwaya said...

Got the word - wasn’t us.
Good morning btw.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"Taking the Plunge" taken to a whole new level.

traditionalguy said...

Brave boy. Maybe she was worth it.

gilbar said...

was holding his breath, His Superpower? Or, did Neurotypical People try to conversion therapy on him?

JAORE said...

My cynicism is in full display in my post above.

His proposal, we are to believe was a complete surprise, yet it was videotaped.

OK, maybe, I guess, some people video everything.

BUT.... at some point in life we all suffer heart wrenching loss. I certainly have.
I can assure you my first thought was NOT, "Which social media platform should I use to post the most painful moment in my life?"

MadisonMan said...

What a terrible thing to happen for his girlfriend.
But he could have done the same thing much more cheaply in Lake Ponchartrain.

gspencer said...

"It's not clear how the man died."

Maybe a croc ate him.

loudogblog said...

That's very sad.

Mary Beth (the commenter) said...

What kind of pay does a residential assistant at a rehab clinic make? Or are trips to Tanzania really cheap? I guess the girlfriend could have a good job and be the one who paid for the bulk of the trip.

It's not that I don't think his death is unfortunate, it's just that I can't help but wonder about these other things. The last person I knew who was taking what appeared to be pricey trips turned out to be an embezzler, so I've become more cynical when I hear about trips that don't match what I would expect from the person's job description.

wholelottasplainin' said...

My wife of 30+ years didn't just propose to me: she begged me.

(that's my story, and I'm sticking to it)

Bay Area Guy said...

First reaction - very sad.

Secondary reaction - very stupid.

My general thought is that the ordinary proposal is nerve-racking and meaningful enough not to add crazy stuff to it.

Oso Negro said...

Tanzania is an amazing place. But there are a lot of things that can kill you.

Tom T. said...

Maybe she insisted on discussing it for too long.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

maybe HE swallowed the engagement ring

Birches said...

I feel really bad. I'm guessing it was a planned engagement stunt on both their parts because that video was too well done for a surprise. Probably wanted to go viral. Just awful. Seems worse to post it on FB now that we know how it ended.

Big Mike said...

I used DuckDuckGo to find underwater hotels in Tanzania. There seems to be precisely one, the Mamba Resort near Pemba Island in the Indian Ocean. If he really was eaten, it would most likely have been a shark, but there are lots of other things in the Indian Ocean that are dangerous to humans,

Aussie Pundit said...

Stunt proposals annoy me. It feels like trying too hard. same with super-expensive ring.
If she really loves you, she will be ecstatic from a bog-standard, by-the-numbers proposal with a ring of moderate expense.
Take her to a lookout, or a park, or a restaurant with dim lighting. You know the drill. That's all you should need.

If you think that's not enough for her, move on.

Aussie Pundit said...

@Mary Beth (the commenter):

It's not that I don't think his death is unfortunate, it's just that I can't help but wonder about these other things. The last person I knew who was taking what appeared to be pricey trips turned out to be an embezzler, so I've become more cynical when I hear about trips that don't match what I would expect from the person's job description.

Well, there's no body. Just saying...

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Aussie Pundit

you got us thinking...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghCTZF61ey0

(yes, shame on us-- a rare moment of weakness)

Yancey Ward said...

Anyone know how deep he was at that window? Unless you have experience doing it, staying underwater as long as he did in that video isn't something you want to do for a first time- it is too easy to pass out after periods as short as 20 seconds, especially under physical exertion. I am guessing he drowned.

Ice Nine said...

He blacked out and drowned. I can just about guarantee you. The trigger for your brain to signal that your oxygen level is low and that you need to breathe or you will black out, is not low oxygen blood level. It is a high blood level of carbon dioxide. The problem is that you can be dangerously hypoxic even when you have a low CO2 level. When that occurs, you will simply black out. When you black out thirty feet under water, you die.

Free divers who don't know what they're doing hyperventilate before they dive. They think this increases their blood oxygen level but it does not. What it does do is blow off CO2, lowering the blood CO2 level. See the problem? It is a very dangerous thing to do. I bet this guy saw that on TV or YT or something and did it so that he could increase his time under water to pull off his stunt.

Whatever the cause, he broke the cardinal rule of deep diving: Never dive alone. (And yes, 30 ft is deep enough. Diving problems occur at the depth more often than you might think.)

Le Stain du Poop said...

Did not read do not want to hear do not want to know.

JohnG said...

There are a lot of easy ways to pass out and die when free diving. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freediving_blackout

LordSomber said...

Game saves lives.

exhelodrvr1 said...

Maybe the dingos ate him

tim maguire said...

Untimely deaths are always sad. But glamorized “fabulous” proposals are always stupid, narcissistic, a little pathetic. Put the two together and “pathetic” is the over-riding theme.

I bet he already had the push present picked out.

stlcdr said...


Blogger exhelodrvr1 said...
Maybe the dingos ate him

9/22/19, 5:00 AM

Got my vote!

Jim at said...

If you think that's not enough for her, move on.

I'm inclined to think these kind of stunts are more about him than her.

Bunkypotatohead said...

Her next suitor will have a hard time topping that.