Dog is rescued after it's found swimming 136 miles from shore

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

A dog that was castaway in the ocean has been brought to safety after a miraculous rescue by Thai oil workers.

Payalaw plans to adopt the dog when he returns to shore later this month.

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.

Workers spotted the animal's head poking up above water as the dog paddled through the ocean towards the platform. "When we first took her on board, she was depressed and exhausted from being in the water for a long time", Khon Vitisak, another one of the oil rig workers, told multiple news sources.

The conditions were said to have been calm during the rescue, which workers said made it easier to spot Boonrod among the rusty metal bars of the rig. We looked for a way to help her and in the end, chose to use the rope to tie around her body to lift her up. He looked "exhausted" but the workers gave him water and fed him some mineral supplements, Payalaw wrote. "She started sitting up and walking normally", he added.

Oil rig workers crouch with the pup.

The workers don't know how the dog ended up in the water so far from the coast, speculating that he may have fallen from a boat, Payalaw said.

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. He was warmly greeted by animal lovers from Watchdog Thailand and veterinarians.

They said: 'The boat arrived at 10am and the dog was in good spirits.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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