Oil Rig Workers Rescue Dog Found Swimming 135 Miles Out At Sea

From BBC News:

A dog discovered some 220km (135 miles) off the coast of Thailand has been rescued by a team of oil rig workers after the exhausted pooch was spotted paddling near a drilling platform.

The brown aspin swam towards the workers when they called out to him last Friday afternoon. He was then pulled to safety.

It is not clear how the dog became stranded so far out at sea. Some reports suggest he may have fallen from a fishing trawler.

The rig workers named the dog Boonrod, a Thai word that roughly translates as “the saved one” or “survivor”.

Vitisak Payalaw, a man aboard the ship, documented the whole thing with a series of albums on his Facebook page & to say they had me in my feelings would be an understatement. It looks like everyone on the rig wanted to help out or show kindness to the pup whether it was a good rub, treats, a smiling photo, or just keeping him company on one of the decks.

The translation is a little rough but in one of his posts Payalaw gives thanks to his coworkers, to a guy who lent the services of his boat to get ‘Boonrod’ back to shore, to a veterinarian who made sure he was healthy, and to a rescue group who will be taking care of him.

I don’t mean to be cringe-worthy level corny but dare I say, if you’re having a rough go of it just keep swimming… (For you, too, may be rescued by an oil rig, fed treats & given a fantastic flower necklace, or something like that.)