Un­der­wa­ter lov­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

PERTH tourist Tom Batch­e­lor took the plunge and pro­posed to girl­friend Rene Ste­fanetti lit­er­ally on the reef this week.

Tom made quite a splash on a dive trip aboard Po­sei­don, se­cretly or­gan­is­ing the ro­man­tic and un­usual pro­posal with the help of Mark Fraenkel from Blue Dive.

“We went out div­ing the dday bbe­fore,f to in­crea­sei Rene’s R ’ div­ing con­fi­dence, and add an ex­tra el­e­ment of non-sus­pi­cion to the pro­posal,” Tom said.

“I had an un­der­wa­ter white­board with “will you marry me” writ­ten on it.

“I gave it to her while we were div­ing with a pen and she wrote, ’Hell’ above the yes box and ticked it im­me­di­ately.

“Although we were wear­ing masks, I could still see the ex­pres­sioni andd ex­cite­menti in her eyes, it was re­ally spe­cial.”

Tom was very elu­sive with his plans, only let­ting lo­cal dive in­struc­tor Mark in on the se­cret to help or­gan­ise his elab­o­rate pro­posal.

“Af­ter we got off the boat we went back to our accommodation, cracked open the cham­pagne and called un­sus­pi­cious friends and fam­ily to tel­lll themh off our great news,” Tom said.

Rene and Tom have been to­gether for al­most 10 years since they met in high school and plan to marry in early 2014.

“I’d love to thank Po­sei­don and Blue dive for en­sur­ing ev­ery­thing ran smoothly and for an ex­pe­ri­ence we will cer­tainly never for­get,” Tom said.

I do: Rene Ste­fanetti and Tom Batch­e­lor

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