Dog rescued while swimming more than 220km off Thailand

A dog is seen under an oil platform in the Gulf of Thailand

A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw the dog swimming toward the platform last Friday.

In the first photos Payalaw posted, the dog looks exhausted - "especially on his eyes" - and despondent. Picking out the rig in a vast expanse of open ocean, he was also extremely lucky.

Once the dog was safe on the solid ground of the rig and dried off, the workers made sure to give her a warm welcome.

"I thought that if we didn't move quickly, I would not be able to help him", said Payalaw. "If he lost his grip, it would be very hard to help him".

"His eyes were so sad".

The workers then lowered a rope down to Boonrod and pulled her to safety.

The silence and puppy-dog eyes were not just as a sign of determination but of exhaustion. They were racing against time, he said, because the seas were becoming rougher. He was shaking with fatigue.

Afterwards, staff on deck sent out a radio signal asking for a tanker heading back to shore for help, while the rest of the men took care of Boonrod.

The Bangkok Post has reported that the dog, dubbed Boonrod (meaning "survivor"), is believed to have fallen off a fishing trawler.

A THAI animal rescue group welcomed a dog who was rescued almost 220km from shore Monday (April 15).

Once he's rebuilt his strength from a long ordeal at sea, it is expected Boonrod will be put up for adoption.

Payalaw said in the NPR report that seas began to get choppy and a little rough while he and other team members grabbed some rope to fashion a rescue device, and it took them about 15 minutes to get the pup aboard.

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