Stranded dog found swimming 130 miles off Thailand shore rescued

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2019

An exhausted dog was pulled to safety by oil rig workers who spotted it swimming in the Gulf of Thailand, 135 miles from the coast.

Payalaw said that he plans to adopt Boonrod if no one claims ownership of her, the Bangkok Post reported.

The moment the dog crawled onto the rusty bars of the rig were captured on video, after workers had called out to her as she swam towards them.

(Vitisak Payalaw) The oil rig workers named the dog Boonrod, which translates to "the dog rescued by merit". Thankfully the sea was quite still because the wind was calm. According to his post, Boonrod, believed to be between three and five years old, was kept safe on the oil platform for two days in a special cage until she was returned to shore Monday. "But if the ripples were bigger, I think we probably wouldn't have noticed her at all".

The rig's crew came to the dog's rescue after they found her struggling to keep her head above water as she paddled through the ocean.

'After she made it onto the bars below the rig she didn't cry or bark at all.

"Finally, we chose to tie a rope around his neck and pull him to our site", Vitisak wrote.

It's not clear how she ended up in the water so far from dry land. She started sitting up and walking normally'. It is unknown whether the dog swam the astonishing distance from the shore, or jumped off a boat at sea.

He was nursed back to health on the rig while staff radioed for help, requesting the assistance of a tanker that was heading back to shore.

People could be seen greeting the dog on video as she was taken off a boat and delivered into the care of the animal charity Watchdog Thailand. "We took her to the vets to be checked and she was found to be healthy".

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