Rohina Bhandari was part of an 18-member group that went for a diving session off Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its abundant varieties of shark species, the New York Post reported.
A NY financier has been killed in a shark attack while scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica, the country's Environment Ministry announced.
Park guards and medical personnel vacationing on the island launched a frantic effort to treat her wounds. LL, a firm founded by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and often attended New York City charity events. However, 26-year-old instructor was also bitten by the shark but he was rescued. his condition is now stable after he was hospitalised.
The Costa Rican Environment Ministry said Bhandari was surfacing at the tail end of a long dive when the shark attacked, Gulf Times reports.
According to a report in the local La Nacion, it was the group's diving guide that noticed the shark approaching underwater and tried to scare it away. But, as they surfaced, the sharks got hold of Bhandari and tore apart her legs. A man waiting on the boat also suffered severe injuries to his legs in the attack.
Friends paid tribute to Bhandari on social media. "Unbelievably sad and heartbreaking news that Rohina has died", wrote Julie Walker.
The death of the vibrant brunette came to a shock to her friends.
Tiger sharks, which have dark stripes on their body when young, are predators often found around Pacific islands.
Another friend wrote: "Your kindness and genuine warmth to those of us lucky enough to call you "friend" was a blessing to behold".