An Indian-origin Wall Street woman executive was killed in a tiger shark attack on the remote island of Costa Rica. Rohina Bhandari was scuba diving when she was attacked by a shark following her fatal death. A dive master also suffered a shark bite but those injuries were not life-threatening. A team of doctors on site treated the instructor and confirmed the death of Bhandari, the ministry said. According to the instructor’s statement, the shark attacked when his group was surfacing at the end of the dive period. The instructor was conscious and in relatively stable condition. The deceased, 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.
Officials at the Cocos Marine Conservation Area said that it was an isolated case. In 2012, researchers visiting the island tagged five tiger sharks – two males and three females. The ministry also reported that the sharks are most active at the diving sites in the afternoon and early morning hours, but had not presented a threat until Thursday. Tiger sharks were not in the area for about 30 years and returned about a decade ago, La Nacion reported.
The 49-year-old Bhandari, a Wall Street private equity manager, was hauled out of the water after sustaining severe bites to her legs, Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry said. A boater and other divers tried to drive the creature away but it was too late, reports said. “Upon reaching the surface, the attack on the tourist was already serious,” the environment ministry said. Park guards and medical personnel vacationing on the island treated her wounds immediately but to no effect.
Notably, the fiance of the deceased blamed the diving company for the mishap. A plastic surgeon by profession, Jeffrey Rosenthal told The Post, ”Apparently they didn’t have any protection — the divers or the instructors had nothing to ward off any of these fish, sharks.”
One of the largest sharks in the world, tiger sharks are known for their powerful jaws and voracious appetites. The predators are mainly found around Pacific islands.