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Dog rescued after swimming 135 miles off Thailand’s shore

Posted at 10:35 AM, Apr 16, 2019
Dog rescued by workers on oil rig in Gulf of Thailand (NBC)

BANGKOK – A dog was rescued by workers on an oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand after swimming more than 135 miles from shore.

Vitisak Payalaw, a worker on the rig, said on his Facebook page that they saw the dog swimming toward the platform last Friday.

He said they were lucky to spot it because if there had been waves it probably would not have been rescued.

The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering, Payalaw wrote.

The crew was able to lower a rope and secure it around the dog and haul it up. Payalaw said they speculated the dog might have fallen off a fishing boat and survived because the Gulf was calm that day.

Workers named the dog “Boon Rod,” or “Survivor.”

The dog was delivered by boat to the southern port of Songkhla on Monday and was deemed to be in good shape after being taken to the animal protection group Watchdog Thailand.

Payalaw said if the dog was unclaimed, he would like to take it to his home in northeast Thailand.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)