Sky News:– A dog had lucky escape in the Gulf of Thailand after being spotted swimming more than 135 miles (220km) from the shore.
The paddling pooch, which has now been returned safely to land, was seen last Friday by workers on an oil rig.
One of the workers, Vitisak Payalwaw, said on his Facebook page they were lucky to find it “because if there had been waves it probably would not have been visible”.
He added: “The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering”.
The crew on the rig, belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, lowered a rope to the brave animal and managed to secure it around his neck and pull him to safety.
Mr Vitisak thinks the dog may have fallen off a fishing boat, and has named it “Boon Rod” or “Survivor”.
The crew took the canine to the southern port of Songkhla on Monday and it was declared to be in good health by animal protection group Watchdog Thailand.
Mr Vitisak said that if no-one ends up claiming the heroic hound, then he would like to care for the pooch himself.