A 49-year-old private equity manager of Wall Street was killed by a tiger shark while diving with a group on a Costa Rican island, officials said.
Rohina Bhandari, 49, who lived on the Upper East Side, suffered fatal bites in both legs on Thursday as she dived with a group near Coco Island, a national park about 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, said the Ministry of Environment in a statement.
Bhandari was a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, a firm founded by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and often attended charity events in New York City.
The death of the vibrant brunette surprised her friends.
"Incredibly sad and heartbreaking news Rohina is dead," said Julie Walker, one of her Facebook friends.
"He was a wonderful person who loved life, I will always remember his kindness, friendship and adventures together."
Tiger sharks are predators that are often found around the islands of the Pacific.
According to a report from the local Nation, it was the dive guide of the group that noticed the shark approaching underwater and trying to scare it.
But when they surfaced, the shark swam directly towards Bhandari and began to bite his legs.
The guide tried to help, and was also bitten, according to the report.  A group of doctors, also diving in the area, ended up declaring the woman dead at the scene
The injured guide was taken to a hospital, where she was in stable and conscious condition.