Adrift at sea for 80 hours clinging on to a life buoy

Mr Low recovering in hospital last month (left) and after he was discharged, taking a picture with his rescuers from the Republic of Singapore Air Force's search-and-rescue team.
Mr Low recovering in hospital last month (left) and after he was discharged, taking a picture with his rescuers from the Republic of Singapore Air Force's search-and-rescue team.PHOTOS: JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK
Above: Mr John Low speaking to The Straits Times via video call from Vietnam yesterday. Left: Mr Low recovering in hospital last month after he was rescued by a passing ship. PHOTOS: ZHANG XUAN, JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK Mr John Low with the RSAF search-and-
Mr Low recovering in hospital last month after he was rescued by a passing ship. PHOTO: JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK
Above: Mr John Low speaking to The Straits Times via video call from Vietnam yesterday. Left: Mr Low recovering in hospital last month after he was rescued by a passing ship. PHOTOS: ZHANG XUAN, JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK Mr John Low with the RSAF search-and-
Mr John Low speaking to The Straits Times via video call from Vietnam yesterday.PHOTO: ZHANG XUAN
Above: Mr John Low speaking to The Straits Times via video call from Vietnam yesterday. Left: Mr Low recovering in hospital last month after he was rescued by a passing ship. PHOTOS: ZHANG XUAN, JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK Mr John Low with the RSAF search-and-
Mr John Low with the RSAF search-and-rescue team who helped evacuate him to Singapore to receive medical attention. PHOTO: JOHN LOW/FACEBOOK

Singaporean diving enthusiast talks about his ordeal after boat sank off Tioman

Forty hours after Singaporean John Low's boat sank and he found himself drifting aimlessly on a ring buoy from Malaysian waters to the South China Sea, he decided to strip himself of his clothes.

The T-shirt, shorts and underwear he had on were rubbing against his badly sunburnt skin and it got so painful that he could not bear it any more. He stripped.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'Adrift at sea for 80 hours clinging on to a life buoy'. Print Edition | Subscribe