Workers on an oil rig noticed the pooch's head poking out above the ripples as she paddled through the ocean
Workers on an oil rig last Friday
They are called out to the exhausted animal – which is between three and five years old – and she swam towards them, taking refuge among the rusty metal bars or the rig.
135 miles from shore. The exhausted female was lifted to safety by workers using a dripping law
The brown Aspin hides among the rusty bars of the oil rich after being found swimming 135 miles off the coast of Thailand
The dog lies on the metal grates of the rig with the rope still fastened around her body
Workers from the oil in the Gulf of Thailand pet after they saved her but mystery surrounds how she got there
of water which she readily accepts
The dog was rescued in the Gulf of Thailand, which is south of the country and to the west of Cambodia and Vietnam
Workers then lowered to the brown Aspin dog and pulled here to safety
She stayed on the drilling platform for two nights while a special cage was welded together and staff gave her food and water.
The dog was finally lifted by crane on to another oil vessel passing through the area yesterday . She was taken to fat in Songkhla, southern Thailand, today.
Oil rig worker Khon Vitisak, who saved the animal, said he does not know how she came to the ocean but he would like to adopt her if no owner comes forward
She looks out of the oil rig deck over the vast Gulf of Thailand sea that she was found swimming in
The team on board the oil rig with the dog they saved and have put a lei of flowers around her neck
The Aspin looks up as she was following the marathon swim through the choppy ocean
she rests on a concrete floor
The dog, which was not given a name, looks at its temporary home in a cage on the rig
He said: 'We found her trying to swim towards our rig, which is about 135 miles from the shore. Thankfully the sea was quite still because the wind was calm.
'We just saw her head but if the ripples were bigger, I think we probably wouldn't have noticed here at all.
' After she made it onto the bars below the rig she didn't cry or bark at all. We looked for a way to help her and in the end, decided to use the rope to tie around her body to lift her up.
"When we first took her onboard here she was depressed and tired from being in the water for a long time. She had lost her body water.
'When the gift of her water and minerals her symptoms improved. She started sitting up and walking normally. '
Oil rig workers crouch with the pup. The animal had lost a lot of body water, but the men fed her vitamins and minerals and her health improved
She stayed on the drilling platform for two nights while a special cage was welded together
The pooch was lifted by crane on passing oil tanker which was passing through the area yesterday
It is possible she swam from the shore or boarded a boat then jumped off. Once she reached the rig, workers nursed the back to health while they radioed for help and requested a tanker that was returning to shore to stop by and collect here
She was sent to the animal charity Watchdog Thailand today who took her to be checked over by vets.
A spokesman for the charity said: 'The boat arrived at 10am and the dog was in good spirits. We took her to the vets to be checked and she was found to be healthy.
'Everybody who played a part in co-ordinating the rescue has done a brilliant job.'
The dog has now been named Boonrod which in Thai means' making a spiritual donation for good luck in the future '.
Mr Vitisak said:' We have checked on Boonrod again this evening and she is fine.
'She has a lot of energy.
' We don't know how he was in the water 220km from the shore. It's a miracle that we found here. '
He added:' I hope to adopt her as a pet. I am looking forward to spending many happy years together with her. '