Oil rig workers made a startling discovery when they spotted a dog swimming in the gulf 135 miles away from shore. The workers noticed the dog’s head poking up as she was paddling through the water on Friday and began calling out to the exhausted pooch. Once she got close, she took refuge among the rig’s structure.
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The brown Aspin dog, which is believed to be between three and five years old, was swimming in the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 135 miles away from the shore, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Once she made her way to the rig, workers were able to lower a rope down to the exhausted animal, pulling her to safety.
Workers welded a special cage to help protect the dog and provided food and water. Yesterday, she was lifted with a crane and placed on an oil vessel that was passing by the rig.
Once she was back on land, the dog was taken to vets in Songkhla, Thailand.
Oil rig workers were baffled, not knowing how the dog ended up so far from shore. Khon Vitisak, who helped rescue the animal, said that he would like to adopt her if owners do not come forward.
“We found her trying to swim towards our rig, which is about 135 miles from the shore,” said Vitisak. “Thankfully the sea was quite still because the wind was calm.”
“We just saw her small head, but if the ripples were bigger, I think we probably wouldn’t have noticed her at all.”
“After she made it onto the bars below the rig she didn’t cry or bark at all. We looked for a way to help her and in the end, decided to use the rope to tie around her body to lift her up,” he stated.
“When we first took her onboard she was depressed and tired from being in the water for a long time,” Vitisak continued. “She had lost her body water.”
“When he gave her water and minerals her symptoms improved. She started sitting up and walking normally.”
The dog, who has been temporarily named Boonrod – Thai for “making a spiritual donation for good luck in the future” – is now in the care of Watchdog Thailand, an animal charity.
“The boat arrived at 10am, and the dog was in good spirits. We took her to the vet to be checked, and she was found to be healthy,” said a Watchdog Thailand spokesman.
“Everybody who played a part in co-coordinating the rescue has done a brilliant job.”
“It’s a miracle that we found her,” said Vitisak. “I hope to adopt her as a pet. I am looking forward to spending many happy years together with her.”