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Exhausted dog rescued while swimming 220km from shore

Exhausted dog rescued while swimming 220km from shore

Vitisak Payalaw, a worker on the rig, has shared the harrowing story on Facebook.

He said the crew speculated it might have fallen off a fishing trawler, and dubbed him Boonrod, a Thai word that roughly translates as "the saved one" or "survivor".

The brown dog, identified as a male aspin (a mongrel dog native to the Philippines) around three to five years old, was discovered with its head poking out of the water while paddling through the ocean last Friday.

The dog was picked up by an oil rig crew after being rescued in the Gulf of Thailand more than 220 kilometers from shore. Thankfully the sea was quite still because the wind was calm.

"I thought that if we didn't move quickly, I would not be able to help him", said Payalaw.

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"When we gave her water and minerals her symptoms improved". Finally, we made a decision to tie a rope around his neck and pull him to our site.

Boonrod was lifted by crane on to an oil vessel that was passing through the area on Sunday to be transported to a veterinary practice in southern Thailand. "She started sitting up and walking normally", he added.

"When we first took her on board she was depressed and exhausted from being in the water for a long time". They named him Boonrod, which means "the dog rescued by merit".

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. 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.