In a remarkable story of survival and resilience, a brown-haired dog, later named Boonrod, was discovered stranded at sea by oil rig workers on April 13. The poignant story begins when workers on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Thailand discovered the exhausted dog. The dogs swim towards them where they pointed him out at noon.
Boonrod’s exact journey to the rig remains a mystery. Some reports suggest he may have fallen off a fishing boat into the sea, causing it to drift an unusual 220 kilometers from shore. Despite the uncertainty surrounding his past, the platform workers were determined to save him.
When Boonrod was towed to the drilling rig, the workers, impressed by his remarkable survival, decided to name him Boonrod, which means "survivor" in Thai. The dog was in dire need of food and clean water, after enduring his ordeal in the vast sea.
Sympathetic workers nursed Boonrod back to health and, realizing the limits of their remote location, called for help from an oil tanker passing through the drilling area. Their dedication and efforts paid off as Boonrod was safely loaded onto the tanker on April 15, paving the way for his journey to a veterinary center in southern Thailand.
Upon arriving at the veterinary center, Boonrod underwent a comprehensive examination by a veterinarian. His remarkable story of survival and the compassion shown by drillers is an intimate reminder of the resilience of animals and the potential for kindness and compassion even in the most unexpected circumstances. Boonrod’s journey from sea to safety is a testament to the enduring spirit of survival and the bond between man and animal.