Wednesday 26 October 2016

Christ of the Deep 50-year anniversary marked by underwater wedding

Published 26/08/2015 | 13:19

The couple exchanged their marriage vows underwater
The couple exchanged their marriage vows underwater

A couple have exchanged their wedding vows underwater beside a 9 foot statue of Jesus Christ.

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Kimberly Triolet and Jorge Rodriguez, from Miami, were wed beneath the waves to help mark the 50th anniversary of the installation of the Christ of the Deep statue.

The bronze sculpture is a sub-sea icon in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

For the traditional wedding kiss, the bride and groom removed their scuba breathing mouthpieces.

The statue was submerged about 25 feet deep off of Key Largo on August 25, 1965. It became a symbol for Key Largo's John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, created in 1960 as America's first underwater preserve. It is now part of the sanctuary.

The statue is a replica of the Italian Christ of the Abyss that was placed in a shallow bay near Portofino, Italy, in 1954.

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