This is the touching moment a man proposed to his girlfriend 30ft underwater in the Caribbean Sea.
Ethan Studenic, 30, popped the question to Morgan Whittaker, 28, with an engagement ring concealed inside a shell.
The lab administrator pretended to pick something up from the ocean floor but instead produced a ring and asked his girlfriend of 10 years to marry him.
Morgan, a social worker, immediately nodded yes and the couple embraced before swimming up to the surface together.
Ethan, from Roanoke, Virginia, USA, had been planning the underwater proposal for five years.
He said: “Five years ago, I had the idea of an underwater proposal.
“I thought it would be cool, really unique and interesting.
“I decided to propose on the first reef we dove together.”
He took Morgan to the Caribbean island of Bonaire – where they had gone on their first vacation away together.
“It was a really special trip for us because Morgan had never been out of the country before or flown on a plane,” he said.
“She had never been scuba diving before.
“I had been scuba diving for several years and I really wanted to share it with her.
“We went and had a great time and made a lot of special memories.
“I wanted it to be a romantic proposal and I’m not the greatest at that kind of thing.
“I thought if I could go back to Bonaire, I could recapture that magic of our first vacation away together.”
Even the engagement ring that Ethan had made for Morgan was linked to Bonaire.
The piece of jewellery featured crushed sea glass that Ethan found on a beach on the island.
“There is a bunch of glass that washes up on the beach off that reef,” Ethan explained.
“We had taken a couple of pieces home the first time we went.
“I had it crushed up and embedded in the engagement ring.”
Ethan hid the wood and glass ring inside a case made of shells.
“I needed something to put the ring in and I didn’t want it getting wet.
“So my soon-to-be sister-in-law made me a case out of two shells.”
Ethan was so afraid of Morgan seeing the ring at the airport that he asked a friend who was coming on the diving expedition to take it in his luggage.
“I gave him the ring and the shell case so that if security opened our bags, Morgan wouldn’t see the ring.”
The couple, who met in math class at community college in 2008, were accompanied by four friends on their dive who all swam with cameras to capture the special moment.
“They all had their cameras ready,” Ethan said.
“We swam for a bit and I tried to look for a good spot.
“Then I went down and when I was sitting on the sand, I pretended to find a shell.
“Once Morgan got a little closer, I opened the shell up.”
The words ‘Will you marry me?’ Were written on the shell.
Morgan said: “I was pretty shocked.
“When he first reached down, I honestly thought he was picking up a wild animal.
“When he was opening up the shell I was seriously worried and then I just sat there in total shock.
“I said absolutely yes.
“Ethan introduced me to scuba diving and it is one of the things we love most in the whole world so it was wonderful to have the proposal in that setting.”
The engagement happened in July 2019 and they plan to tie the knot in April this year in front of 100 of their friends and family.