American Scuba Diver Killed in Tiger Shark Attack off Costa Rica

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2017

She was ascending to the surface during her dive when she was attacked, officials said. Environment Ministry of Costa Rica said that an Indian-American, Rohina had sustained damaging bites on both legs, when taken out of the water, and could not be saved.

The incident has left shockwaves among her friends and relatives in Bengaluru.

According to the Bangalore Mirror, Bhandari's family originates from Bangalore, India. "She came from a wealthy family and she was always humble", she said.

"Rohina was an adventurer and I had many with her", a friend wrote on Facebook. She got selected through merit at Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. She was working as sales and marketing executive in NY.

Akwamoah works at the Upper East Side building where Bhandari lived for more than a decade said she was private, and a stickler for detail, but also had a warm and generous heart.

Bhandari was well-known in New York's charity world, according to the New York Daily News.

The Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion reported that the guide tried to scare the sharks away when it approached the group.

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Financier Rohina Bhandari was killed in a shark attack in Costa Rica on 30 November.

The guide, too, suffered leg injuries. Doctors who were present during this tragic incident, at the remote island declared her dead.

The 49-year-old was rescued by paramedics and received treatment for the shark bites.

He told La Nacion he believed the shark was a female.

Tiger sharks are predators often found around Pacific islands.

Rohina Bhandari was part of an 18-member group that went for a diving session off Cocos Island National part in Costa Rica, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the abundant varieties of shark species, The New York Post reported.

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