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Boston Marathon bombing amputee goes scuba diving with sharks in Costa Rica

Boston Marathon bombing amputee goes scuba diving with sharks in Costa Rica

Published: 21-Apr-14 10:31:57
Source: Naples News
Author: Anna Ridley
Related: 10-Apr-10 23:11:09

A dancer who lost part of her leg in the Boston Marathon bombings last year has found a new hobby, scuba diving with hammerhead sharks in Costa Rica. Adrianne Haslet decided to learn how to scuba dive to feed her adventurous nature and headed to Cocos Island to finish her open water diving certificate.

One year on from the tragic Boston marathon bombings, one of the survivors has learned how to scuba dive with sharks despite having lost part of her leg.

Adrianne Haslet, a former dancer and dance teacher, decided to feed her adventurous spirit by going scuba diving with hammerhead sharks off the coast of Costa Rica.

"Dancing and diving are actually very similar," Haslet explained "Dancing may not come naturally to someone - diving almost never does - and you need to trust your instructor and push your comfort zone. But once you get the hang of it, it's poetic and beautiful."

Haslet was injured alongside her husband Adam Davis in the Boston Marathon bombing that took place on 15th April, 2013, killing three people and injuring 260. Haslet's leg was badly injured and had to be amputated, while her husband suffered minor injuries and nerve damage from shrapnel.

After the incident, Haslet decided that she wanted to try something new so she opted for scuba diving with sharks. She travelled to Culebra Bay and the Cocos Islands in Costa Rica to finish her open water certificate, which will now allow her to enjoy scuba diving adventures all over the world.

Haslet uses a pair of fins like other divers, but the left fin is duct-taped to her knee using almost a third of a roll of tape.

Located 600k off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is famously known as the filming location for Jurassic Park and it is one of the region's most popular scuba diving destinations. Beneath the surface of the waters there are shoals of hammerhead sharks, particularly in the waters near the submerged mountain at Alcyone. White-tip reef sharks and whale sharks have been spotted at this site and between November and May the seas are calmer and home to mobula rays and silky sharks.

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