Oil rig workers save tired dog found swimming off coast of Thailand

Lamar Ellis
April 16, 2019

The workers looked around for a way to help her up, and chose to use a rope to pull the dog to safety.

The tan-coloured dog, named Boonrod by his rescuers - Thai for "survivor from karma" - was fished from the ocean on Friday by rig workers who spotted his head bobbing between the waves in the Gulf of Thailand.

Payalaw wrote that the dog did not make a noise while he cling to the pole and that the workers raced to tie a rope around his neck so he wouldn't be swept away by waves, according to the Bangkok Post.

By the time the dog had made it to shore a few days later, it was already a viral celebrity, with Vitisak's video of the rescue having been viewed over 1.4 million times. The brown dog stayed on the rig for two nights, reports Newsflare, and was fed well by the rig's staff.

At first, the aspin was drained and listless, exhausted from being in the water for so long.

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Boonrod was finally lifted by crane onto another oil vessel passing through the area on Sunday, which delivered her to vets in Songkhla, southern Thailand, today.

"He likely lost a lot of body water from the sea water".

'When he gave her water and minerals her symptoms improved.

Oil rig workers and animal charities are baffled as to how she came to be swimming so far from shore. "She started sitting up and walking normally", he added. It is unknown whether the dog swam the astonishing distance from the shore, or jumped off a boat at sea. He was warmly greeted by animal lovers from Watchdog Thailand and veterinarians.

'Everybody who played a part in co-coordinating the rescue has done a brilliant job'.

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