A new lease of life: S'porean found adrift at sea in May plans to spend Christmas with family

Having been given a new lease of life, he plans to spend the season with his loved ones

Mr John Low, the diving enthusiast who was adrift at sea for 80 hours in May, is looking forward to spending quality time with his wife Eva, 42, and family this Christmas. The 60-year-old, seen here at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday
Mr John Low with his wife at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Dec 24, 2019. PHOTO: SADIQ ASYRAF
Mr John Low and his wife Eva at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Christmas Eve. They will be travelling to Cameron Highlands before heading to Japan. Above: Mr Low with the Republic of Singapore Air Force team that evacuated him to Singapore. Be
Mr Low with the Republic of Singapore Air Force team that evacuated him to Singapore. PHOTO: JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK
Mr John Low and his wife Eva at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Christmas Eve. They will be travelling to Cameron Highlands before heading to Japan. Above: Mr Low with the Republic of Singapore Air Force team that evacuated him to Singapore. Be
Mr Low recovering in hospital in May. His skin was charred by the sun and stung by salt water.PHOTO: JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK

Seven months after floating adrift at sea for 80 hours while clinging on to a life buoy, Mr John Low is looking forward to spending time with his family this Christmas.

First on his checklist was a visit to his 72-year-old uncle in a hospital in Malaysia yesterday. His uncle has been diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2019, with the headline 'A special Christmas for S'porean who survived sea ordeal'. Subscribe