'Unbelievably sad and heartbreaking news'.
Rohina Bhandari, 49, who lived in the Upper East Side, suffered fatal bites to both her legs Thursday while off diving with a group near Cocos Island, a national park about 300 miles off the Costa Rican mainland, the environment ministry said in a statement.
Bhandari was a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, a firm founded by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and often attended New York City charity events.
The death of the vibrant brunette came to a shock to her friends.
“Unbelievably sad and heartbreaking news that Rohina has died,” posted Julie Walker, one of her Facebook friends. “She was such a wonderful person who loved life. I will always remember her kindness, friendship and our adventures together.”
In the meantime, The New York Daily News reports that the devastated fiancé of a shark attack victim wants to ensure her funeral fully reflects her life before taking any possible legal action over her tragic death.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal, speaking Tuesday to the Daily News, said his focus remains on “mourning the deep hole in our hearts” and properly honoring the Wall Street professional.
“At this moment, the emphasis is getting her body from Costa Rica and holding a funeral where her friends can come and mourn the loss,” he told the News. “Anything else is unimportant at this juncture.”