Dog Rescued After Swimming 135 Miles Offshore
Sat, April 10, 2021

Dog Rescued After Swimming 135 Miles Offshore

 

It was supposed to be a normal day for workers in an isolated oil rig in the Gulf of Thailand, at least until they noticed a brown Aspin paddling towards their boaty. The exhausted animal, who was named Boonrod which means “survivor,” was swimming in the ocean – 135 miles from shore.

All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that the workers called out for the dog after noticing its head poking out above the ripples. Boonrod, who is between three and five years old, swam towards them, taking refuge among the rusty metal bars of the rig. The workers immediately dried him, fed him, and gave him a temporary place to stay and rest.

 

Photo Credit: All That's Interesting

 

Vitisak Payalaw, a member of the Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production oil drilling team, said, “We found her trying to swim towards our rig, which is about 135 miles from the shore. 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.”

 

Photo Credit: Daily Mail (via All That's Interesting)

 

Boonrod stayed with the workers for two days after being transferred to a passing oil tanker to send him to his next temporary home. The workers made sure to safely enclose the animal by using a crane. They lifted the dog onto the northbound vessel and he was taken to Songkhla in southern Thailand to get some needed veterinarian care. The number one question is how Boonrod got into the ocean and how he managed to survive.

 

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It is believed that the dog fell from a local fishing boat. No one probably noticed when he fell overboard, leading him to paddle endlessly. The workers believe that he has swimming stamina that is nothing short of shocking.

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