American Scuba Diver Killed in Tiger Shark Attack off Costa Rica

American Scuba Diver Killed in Tiger Shark Attack off Costa Rica

American Scuba Diver Killed in Tiger Shark Attack off Costa Rica

An Indian origin USA citizen was killed in a shark attack off the coasts of Costa Rica who had gone for scuba diving, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the country announced. National Park officials and medics responded to the incident, but Bhandari died from her injuries soon after, the ministry said. The instructor, who was conscious and in relatively stable condition, told officials that the shark attacked when his group was surfacing at the tail end of the dive. Doctors who were present during this tragic incident, at the remote island declared her dead.

Unlike many other species of sharks, tiger sharks can often behave aggressively towards humans and are estimated to attack around 80 people each year. She was accompanied by her instructor, a 26-year old who also got badly injured.

Identified as Rohina Bhandari, 49, the lady was a director at a New York City private equity firm. These sharks have dark stripes on their green skin which resembles as tigers. The News said she had been working for WL Ross since 2013, citing her LinkedIn page. Reports suggest that Bhandari's family originates from Bangalore.

The New York Daily News reports that Bhandari was a "regular presence on the Manhattan charity circuit". Tiger sharks were not found in the area where the attack occurred for 30 years, but returned about a decade ago. "Unbelievably sad and heartbreaking news that Rohina has died", her friend Julie Walker wrote. "I will always remember her kindness, friendship and our adventures together". Another said, "RIP Rohina Bhandari you were one of a kind, You will Be truly missed my friend!"

On Facebook and Twitter, Bhandari's friends posted notes mourning her loss and expressing their shock at her death.

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