• Costa Rica Real Estate

U.S. tourist killed in shark attack off Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco

December 3, 2017

A 49-year-old female tourist from the United States was killed by a tiger shark this week while diving off the Isla del Coco, a Costa Rican island in the Pacific Ocean, the government and local media reported.

The attack also badly injured the 26-year-old male Costa Rican diving guide leading the group that included the U.S. woman.

The shark savaged the two on Thursday as they were surfacing after a dive off Coco Island, a pristine national park located 500 kilometers (300 miles) off the Costa Rican mainland, the Environment Ministry said in a statement.

It stressed the attack was “an isolated incident” and the first one of such seriousness recorded for the island. According to the daily La Nación, the guide noticed the shark approaching his group underwater and tried to scare it away.

But as they surfaced, the shark went for the U.S. woman, tearing at her legs.

The guide, too, suffered leg injuries.

Park rangers came to assist, as did doctors who happened to be diving in the area and who declared the woman dead.

The injured guide was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition and conscious. He told La Nación he believed the shark was a female.

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 reported attacks on humans.

 

You may be interested

President Alvarado signs technical norm, essentially legalizing therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
398 views
Costa Rica
398 views

President Alvarado signs technical norm, essentially legalizing therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 12, 2019

Costa Rica's president, Carlos Alvarado, has signed a technical norm that defines when the country's medical professionals can legally perform…

Costa Rican government fighting misinformation about abortion norms
Costa Rica
13 views
Costa Rica
13 views

Costa Rican government fighting misinformation about abortion norms

The Tico Times - December 12, 2019

Costa Rica's Health Ministry and Casa Presidencial issued a joint press release Tuesday aimed at clarifying the therapeutic abortion guidelines…

TBT: Costa Rica’s National Stadium
Costa Rica
5 views
Costa Rica
5 views

TBT: Costa Rica’s National Stadium

Nate Doughty - December 12, 2019

The National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica), which is located in La Sabana Metropolitan Park, marked Costa Rica's largest…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!