Is it easier to lift a rock in water rather than lifting a rock in air?

An object submerged in a liquid or gas has an upward force, called buoyancy, acting on it that is equal to the weight of the liquid or gas displaced by the object. For example, pure water weighs about 62.4 pounds per cubic foot. Therefore, an object with a volume of 1 cubic foot that is completely submerged in pure water has an upward force of 62.4 pounds acting on it, making it feel 62.4 pounds lighter while it is completely in the water.