An exhausted dog has been rescued by oil rig workers after it became stranded in the sea some 135 miles off the coast of Thailand.
The shivering brown aspen was spotted paddling near a drilling platform in the Gulf of Thailand and managed to swim towards the workers when they called out to him last Friday afternoon.
On Monday the dog, named Boonrod, which roughly translates as “survivor”, finally arrived back on land and was greeted by Watchdog Thailand, an animal rights group, and veterinarians.
Watchdog Thailand posted pictures of the rescued pooch on its Facebook page, calling him a “beautiful life rescued from the gulf of Thailand” and “inspiration” for 2019.
It is not known how Boonrod ended up in the water although it has been suggested that he may have fallen from a fishing boat.
Conditions were reportedly calm during the rescue, making it easier for the team of four rescuers to spot and reach the dog, pulling him onto the rig with a harness.
Boonrod was said to have been in need of water, food and sleep, and was cared for by staff on the rig until they could place him on a tanker that was heading back to shore.
The dog has now been taken to an animal rescue centre in Songkhla, southern Thailand, and has already been offered a long-term home.
According to the Bangkok Post, Vitisak Payalaw, a member of Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production’s oil drilling team, said that he would take Boonrod home if nobody claimed him.
Thanking everyone involved in the rescue on his Facebook page, he added: “His overall condition has improved. He is getting stronger and can smile.”