Prince Edward Island kitesurfer has right leg amputated after shark attack

Prince Edward Island kitesurfer has right leg amputated after shark attack
Prince Edward Island kitesurfer has right leg amputated after shark attack

While vacationing with loved ones in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Prince Edward Island kiteboarder Luca Arseneault was bitten by a shark while snorkeling and his right leg had to be amputated .

In a message published on his Facebook account, Arsenault recounts the incident he suffered on the afternoon of May 23. “Life can be fragile and despite this terrible situation, I am incredibly lucky to still be alive. The incident involved a shark while I was leisurely shallow water diving with family and friends. Without going into detail, it was a traumatic experience. I don’t have the words to express how lucky I am to still be here.”

Aged 27, representative of the equipment company Cabrinha and professional kitesurfing athlete, Arsenault maintains excellent morale despite the difficult situation. “This incident will bring me new challenges,” said the man who also injured his left leg, “but I am incredibly positive to still be here. I feel good and I will continue to live my life to the fullest. It’s an accident along the way of life. I will adapt. I love you and give me time and respect my privacy with my family and my closest friends. I’ll let you know when I can.”

Arsenault also took the time to thank everyone who sent him wishes for a speedy recovery. “I received a lot more messages than I could have imagined. It’s truly incredible all the support received. I am humbled and inspired by all these messages. I want to thank everyone. Your energy makes me feel good.”

Repatriated to Canada after receiving treatment in a local hospital, Arsenault is hospitalized in Ontario according to one of his relatives who confirmed the information to Radio-Canada Prince Edward Island.

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