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Oil Rig Workers Rescue Exhausted Dog After They Spot Him Swimming 136 Miles From The Shore

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Out of all the things you’d expect to see in the middle of the sea, a dog is probably on the bottom of the list.

But somehow, someway, a dog swam his way 136 miles off the coast of Thailand, where workers on an oil rig rescued him and brought him ashore.

The dog is now known as “Boonrod,” the Thai word for survivor. Workers on a Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production oil rig discovered the brown pup paddling in the sea.

Rig worker Vitisak Payalaw says that some employees held out a pole for Boonrod to climb aboard, but he was unable to climb up. He kept losing his grip amid the waves.

The pup kept swimming, though, and looked quietly up at the workers for help.

“His eyes were so sad. He just kept looking up just like he wanted to say, ‘please help me,'” Vitisak told CNN. “At that moment, whoever saw this, they would just have to help.”

The workers decided to throw a rope around the dog’s neck and hoist him up to the rig. There, they bathed him, fed him, and gave him his new name.

Boonrod was in rough shape at first, Vitisak says. The shaking pup was too exhausted to even stand. One can only imagine the long journey that took him so far out to sea!

The dog is now at an animal rescue, regaining his strength. If no owner comes to claim him, Vitisak says he will adopt him. Watch the video to see the harrowing rescue!

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