Dog rescued by oil rig crew after found swimming 135 miles offshore in Gulf of Thailand

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The dog was delivered by boat Monday to the southern port of Songkhla and was declared in good shape.
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Published on April 15, 2019 -  00:51
Stranded dog is rescued from sea 136 miles from shore
This is the heartwarming moment a stranded dog was rescued after being found swimming in the Gulf of Thailand - 220km from the shore. Workers onboard an oil rig noticed the pooch’s head poking out above the ripples as she paddled through the ocean. They called out to the exhausted mutt and she swam towards them, taking refuge among the rusty metal bars of the rig. Workers then lowered a rope down the brown dog and pulled her to safety. She stayed onboard the drilling platform for two nights while a special cage was welded together and staff gave her food and water. The dog was finally lifted by crane onto another oil vessel passing through the area Sunday April 14 which delivered her to vets in Songkhla, southern Thailand, the next day. Oil rig worker, Khon Vitisak, who saved the pooch said he does not know how she came to be in the ocean but he would like to adopt her if no owner comes forward. He said: ‘’We found her trying to swim towards our rig, which is about 220km 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. After she made it onto the bars below the rig she didn’t cry or bark at all. We looked for a way to help her and in the end, decided to use the rope to tie around her body to lift her up. When we first took her onboard her she was depressed and tired from being in the water for a long time. She had lost her body water.''

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