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Dog rescued while swimming 220 kilometres off Thailand

17 April 2019

Workers onboard a Thai oil rig noticed a dog's head poking above the ripples as she was paddling around the Gulf of Thailand on Friday.

"If the waves had been strong, we wouldn't have seen him", Vitisak Payalaw, of Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production's oil drilling team, wrote on Facebook.

Video that Payalaw posted on Facebook shows the shivering animal partially submerged in water, staring up at the workers.

The crew managed to rescue the dog by putting a rope around its neck and hauling it up.

The dog continued to hold on for dear life, watching the workers as they figured out how to get the animal safely on board. They lowered a rope down to the dog and pulled them to safety. Workers provided him with water and pieces of meat on the deck of the rig, and they set up a kennel for him indoors.

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The Thai oil workers chose to name their stray dog "Boonrod" or "Survivor".

It was then lifted by crane to a passing oil vessel on April 14 before finally arriving to shore where animal charity workers were ready to collect her. Payalaw declined to speculate, simply saying it is still a mystery.

Boonrod - an aspin, a breed native to the Philippines - was returned at around 10 a.m. local time Monday to the mainland, where he was taken in by the charity Watchdog Thailand. According to The Associated Press, the group has declared him "in good shape".

It's not clear how a dog made its way to the middle of the ocean, but the lone pup was found swimming 136 miles off the coast of Thailand.'s Stephanie Officer details how Boonrod was rescued.

Dog rescued while swimming 220 kilometres off Thailand