? Boonrod the Swimmer ?

Boonrod is a very lucky dog, who owes his life to workers of an oil rig.

The story starts with a man named Vitisak Payalaw, who was one of several workers on an oil rig 135 miles off the southern coast of Thailand. Out of nowhere, they suddenly spotted an object unexpectedly paddling in the waves.

To their disbelief, it was a dog – fighting for its life as it desperately paddled towards the oil rig. Vitisak helped the poor animal onto the rig immediately, noting that the pooch was shivering and too exhausted to even whimper or bark.

They immediately gave the poor animal water and pieces of meat, before naming him “Boonrod” which translate as “he has done good karma and that helps him to survive”.

Vitisak noted that the dog didn’t move much – too exhausted to even stand up, he spent most of his time sitting down. It is not known how Boonrod came to be 135 miles out to sea – it is presumed that he may have fallen or jumped off another vessel.

Boonrod was taken back to shore where he was examined by a vet. As soon as he was on land, the workers draped marigolds around his neck – a symbol of good fortune in their culture. It is reported that Boonrod flashed a ‘good boy’ smile.

The story has since gone viral, and Vitisak has said that he plans to adopt the dog if he is not claimed by another owner.

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