A New York financier has been killed in a shark attack while scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica, the country's Environment Ministry announced. Rohina Bhandari, 49, a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, was identified by friends as the American tourist who was fatally attacked last Thursday. She was dragged from the Pacific Ocean after sustaining severe bites to her legs but could not be saved. Her 26-year-old diving instructor was also badly injured. The male 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 in pristine waters close to Cocos Island, about 300 miles from the country's mainland. According to the Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion, the guide noticed the shark approaching his group underwater and tried to scare it away. Rohina Bhandari was pulled from the water but could not be saved Credit: Getty But as they surfaced, the shark went for Ms Bhandari, tearing at her legs. Tiger sharks, which have dark stripes on their body when young, are predators often found around Pacific islands. Unlike many other species of shark, they can be aggressive and account for a large proportion of attacks on humans. Authorities said two park rangers and several doctors who were part of the diving tourism group of 18 people on the island trip organised by Undersea Hunter Group, offered first aid in a desperate bid to save her. The group regularly organises tours to the national park reportedly known for its abundance of sharks. Alan Steenstrup, the tour company’s sales manager, said they were "in shock" because of the incident and added they were now focusing on working with the victim’s family and the authorities. Friends paid tribute to the Manhattan resident on Facebook. "Unbelievably sad and heartbreaking news that Rohina has died," wrote Julie Walker. "She was such a wonderful person who loved life. I will always remember her kindness, friendship and our adventures together." Another unnamed friend wrote: "Your kindness and genuine warmth to those of us lucky enough to call you 'friend' was a blessing to behold." About | Shark attacks The environment ministry stressed the attack was "an isolated incident" and was the most serious one it had seen. The Central American country's economy relies heavily on the tourism industry.
2017 is in dire need of heartwarming tales, so here's one about a dog that fell into a frozen creek and was successfully rescued by a team of firefighters. Last week, Denis Pilon, a fire chief at Swift Current Fire Department in Canada, shared a video on Facebook of several firefighters and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police rescuing someone's pet dog. SEE ALSO: This add-on will make your truck a snowmobile monster "STAY OFF THE ICE!!" Pilon wrote, explaining that the dog wandered onto the ice and fell through after its owners let him run off-leash. To bring the dog back to shore the team secured one of the firefighters with a rope and sent him out onto the frozen water. The ice was so thin that the firefighter also fell through, but thanks to the rope he was able to recover the dog and pull it to safety. "Quick action calling the fire department helped save their pet," Pilon said, reminding people to proceed with caution near ice and "keep pets and children away from the creek." Canada's
CBC News notes that ice freezes at varying thicknesses and the should always be measured before travelled on, according to the Government of Saskatchewan. "There should be at least 10 centimeters of ice to walk on, 20 centimeters to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 centimeters to drive a car or light truck on, and more than 30 centimeters for a heavy truck," the publication reports. Though in times of doubt it's probably best to steer clear of frozen water all together. WATCH: You can now have matching PJs with your dog
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