Lucas Arsenault, a 27-year-old Canadian kiteboarder, is in the recovery process after being attacked by a shark on May 23 in the Caribbean nation of Turks and Caicos. The incident occurred while snorkeling with friends and family, resulting in severe damage to his right leg and left hand as he fought off the shark. He was rushed into emergency surgery on the island of Providenciales where his right leg had to be amputated above the knee. He was subsequently flown to Toronto when he reached a stable condition to continue treatment.

It’s suspected that a tiger shark was responsible for the attack, but it’s still unconfirmed.

Arsenault took to social media to provide an update after the traumatic event:

“Life can sure be fragile,” he told his Instagram followers. “Despite the terrible situation, I am incredibly lucky to be still here. The incident involved a shark attack while casually snorkeling with family and friends. Without going into details, it was a shocking experience. I cannot express how lucky I am to be here.”

“This will present new challenges for me but I am incredibly positive and thankful to be here doing well to continue living my life to the fullest.”

“It’s a speed bump in the road on this journey of life. I will adapt. I love you all. Please allow me the time and privacy with my closest family and friends. I appreciate everybody and your energy is healing. I will get back to you when I can.”

One of Arsenault’s friends started a fundraiser to aid in the medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. As of the time of publication, the fundraiser had received more than $55,000 from nearly 300 people, approaching its goal of $125,000.

Arsenault started kitesurfing at 13 in his home of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He went on to become an accomplished athlete with sponsorships from Cabrinha Kites and Dakine. In 2016 he won the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championship.


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