BREAKING NEWS No football this fall at EMCC Full Story
WEATHER AUTHORITY : Heat Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Dog found swimming 130 miles off the coast of Thailand

An oil rig crew rescued the dog after spotting it swimming alone in the Gulf of Thailand

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 2:20 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 2:20 PM

Workers on an oil rig some 130 miles (220 kilometers) off the coast of Thailand found an unexpected new friend swimming nearby: a dog.

The brown canine was found paddling near the rig, cold and shivering, with no indication of how he got there.

Rig worker Vitisak Payalaw, an offshore planner with Chevron, told CNN that fellow staff members spotted the dog swimming towards the platform on the afternoon of April 12, and held out a pole for him. But, buffeted by the waves, he was unable to climb up, his grasp repeatedly slipping.

"I thought that if we didn't move quickly, I would not be able to help him," said Payalaw. "If he lost his grip, it would be very difficult to help him."

Payalaw described how the dog simply held on silently, looking up at the workers.

"His eyes were so sad. He just kept looking up just like he wanted to say, 'please help me,'" he said.

"At that moment, whoever saw this, they would just have to help."

The workers then decided to throw a rope around the dog and pull him up.

Once on board they bathed the dog and gave him some fresh water and an electrolyte drink, naming him Boonrod, which means "survivor."

"He looked extremely exhausted and ran out of energy. He didn't move much," Payalaw told CNN. "He was shaking and he couldn't stand, he had to sit all the time."

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.

The dog was then transferred to an animal clinic in Thailand's Songkla province, the charity said on its unofficial Facebook page.

Payalaw said on his Facebook page that Boonrod would be given temporary shelter at a dog home until he can regain his strength.

If no one comes to reclaim Boonrod, Payalaw said he would adopt him.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 68293

Reported Deaths: 1944
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5656118
DeSoto368031
Harrison253036
Madison244368
Rankin229235
Jackson228843
Jones191659
Forrest182056
Washington168942
Lee147941
Lauderdale141192
Neshoba128692
Lamar122614
Oktibbeha112739
Bolivar111834
Warren109533
Lowndes108538
Panola106214
Sunflower105425
Scott100320
Lafayette98317
Copiah95728
Leflore94765
Pike93836
Holmes90049
Grenada84921
Yazoo83312
Lincoln83241
Pontotoc8308
Simpson80330
Monroe80155
Leake79025
Wayne77421
Coahoma77213
Tate73629
Marshall7019
Marion68420
Union64316
Adams62925
Winston62316
Covington62113
George5895
Pearl River55439
Newton54311
Tallahatchie53011
Attala52325
Walthall50120
Chickasaw47019
Noxubee45912
Alcorn4345
Tishomingo4216
Calhoun4209
Prentiss41710
Claiborne40913
Smith40613
Clay39714
Hancock39514
Jasper3889
Itawamba37510
Tippah36713
Tunica3517
Clarke32626
Montgomery3265
Lawrence3228
Yalobusha31510
Humphreys29411
Quitman2701
Carroll26111
Greene25512
Perry2437
Amite2356
Webster23512
Kemper23414
Jefferson Davis2336
Wilkinson21113
Stone2055
Sharkey1995
Jefferson1957
Benton1431
Choctaw1354
Franklin1312
Issaquena262
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 99926

Reported Deaths: 1781
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13258244
Mobile10517207
Montgomery6835149
Madison544734
Tuscaloosa423076
Baldwin365125
Unassigned363064
Shelby330936
Marshall318937
Lee270047
Morgan241118
Etowah216232
DeKalb183013
Calhoun180717
Elmore173138
Walker153964
Houston141912
Russell13872
St. Clair135418
Limestone134913
Dallas133123
Franklin128820
Cullman122712
Colbert120716
Lauderdale118919
Autauga117421
Escambia108717
Talladega104814
Jackson10144
Tallapoosa86579
Chambers84438
Dale83525
Clarke82610
Blount8124
Chilton8097
Butler76736
Coffee7646
Covington73720
Pike7087
Marion58026
Barbour5765
Lowndes57324
Marengo56515
Hale47826
Bullock46611
Winston45711
Perry4454
Washington44312
Bibb4425
Wilcox43210
Monroe4215
Pickens4049
Randolph40310
Conecuh39310
Sumter36418
Lawrence3512
Macon33914
Crenshaw3265
Choctaw28712
Cherokee2758
Henry2643
Clay2635
Geneva2631
Greene25211
Lamar2292
Fayette2125
Cleburne1271
Coosa1033
Out of AL00
Tupelo
93° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 99°
Columbus
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 107°
Oxford
Clear
95° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 101°
Starkville
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 96°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather