Monday, 24 June, 2019

Oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 220 kilometres offshore in Thailand

A dog is seen under an oil platform in the Gulf of Thailand A dog is seen under an oil platform in the Gulf of Thailand
Patty Aguilar | 17 April, 2019, 12:58

According to Associated Press, workers called out to the exhausted animal, who then swam towards the rig and took refuge in its rusted metal bars. Payalaw speculated that the dog may have belonged to someone on a fishing trawler and may have fallen off at some point. Workers provided him with water and pieces of meat on the deck of the rig, and they set up a kennel for him indoors.

A stranded dog was spotted by oil rig workers clinging to a pole on the platform some 130 miles from shore in the Gulf of Thailand on Friday. "Thankfully the sea was quite still because the wind was calm", he was quoted as saying.

"I thought that if we didn't move quickly, I would not be able to help him", said Mr Payalaw. We looked for a way to help her and in the end, made a decision to use the rope to tie around her body to lift her up. "She started sitting up and walking normally", he added. The brown dog stayed on the rig for two nights, reports Newsflare, and was fed well by the rig's staff.

Boonrod was finally lifted by crane onto another oil vessel passing through the area last Sunday, which delivered her to vets in Songkhla, southern Thailand. He said: "When we first took her on board, she was depressed and exhausted".

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Once on board they bathed the dog and gave him some fresh water and an electrolyte drink, naming him Boonrod, which means "survivor".

Payalaw wrote on Facebook that the animal has been transferred to a clinic in Thailand where it would be given temporary shelter.

And Payalaw said he isn't done, as he intends to adopt Boonrod once his rotation on the rig completes at the end of April.

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