Deeply in love: Australian couple get engaged underwater in the Great Barrier Reef

An Australian couple has gone to great depths to get engaged – popping the big question 11ft [3.5 metres] underwater in the Great Barrier Reef.

There might be plenty of fish in the sea, but Lawrence Tufnel, 29, and and Jasmine Robertson, 25, were deep enough in love to commit to one another.

Breathtaking footage shows the couple, from Perth, Western Australia, holding hands on a steel platform as a blend of exotic sealife circle around them in the World Heritage listed site in Queensland.

Footage shows one of the Sunlover Reef Cruises diving instructors holding up a sign reading: “Jasmine Robertson will you marry me?” as Lawrence takes to one knee.

Tradesman Lawrence said the idea came to him the idea because the couple-of-six-years went diving on their first date – but he couldn’t help but worry about losing the ring box.

Lawrence said: “We had done a lot of diving in the past, so when the idea came to me I knew it would be something special.

“Jasmine had no idea what was going on, I just told her we were going underwater to see the reef, so she didn’t know about all the planning behind the scenes.

“When I showed it to them the ring was on a lanyard, but they put it on a string. Once she saw it she was like what are you doing, but once I opened it up it clicked.

“It was hard not being able to give her a kiss, but we had to wait to get back upstairs of course.

“The whole day was a blur, but it was awesome.”

Jasmine added: “I was too shocked to know what to do with myself.”

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