NYDailyNews A Manhattan private equity director was killed by a shark while scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica, authorities said. Rohina Bhandari, 49, was identified by friends as the American tourist who was attacked by a tiger shark off of remote Isla del Coco Thursday. Bhandari was hauled out of the water after sustaining severe bites to her legs, Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry said. Park guards and medical personnel vacationing on the island launched a frantic effort to treat her wounds. But Bhandari, a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, could not be saved, officials said. A dive master also suffered a shark bite but those injuries were not life-threatening. 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. A boater and other divers tried to drive the creature away but it was too late. “Upon reaching the surface, the attack on the tourist was already serious,” the ministry said. Bhandari was among a group of 18 people diving off Cocos Island National Park, a World Heritage Site that’s known for its abundant species of sharks. One of the largest sharks in the world, Tiger sharks are known for their powerful jaws and voracious appetites. Bhandari, who lived on the Upper East Side, was a regular presence on the Manhattan charity circuit.
Sad news out of Costa Rica, as a New York fashion executive Rohina Bhandari was killed by a tiger shark, as she was scuba diving off the cost, near an island called Isla del Coco. The group was surfacing towards the end of their dive, when suddenly the large shark attacked, and Bhandari suffered a serious bite wound. Despite rescue efforts, it was immediately clear that the situation was grim, and medical personnel were unable to save Bhandari’s life. Tiger sharks are extremely dangerous apex predators which hunt close to shore, but attacks on humans are rare, a large tiger shark was recently filmed with a drone swimming just feet away from unsuspecting swimmers off the coast of Miami Beach. Luckily for those swimmers, the shark was uninterested in them, or did not recognize them as potential prey.
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