The agonizing rescue of Merit 217 kilometers from the Thai coast
On April 12, a crew working on the oil platforms of the Gulf of Thailand became a new unexpected crew member: a bitch who was swimming at 217 kilometers.
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On April 12, a crew working on the oil platforms of the Gulf of Thailand became a new unexpected crew member: a bitch who was swimming 217 kilometers from the coast .
The dog, which they called Merit , was dehydrated and exhausted when they put him on board the ship. They noticed her around ten o'clock in the morning and reported that, thanks to "almost no wind and the tide was stagnant", they could see her head and watch her "kicking in the sea". They called her and started swimming in her direction. When he was close enough, they tied it with a rope and climbed it to the stern.
Once aboard, the rescuers transferred Merit to the crew's doctor, Tok Jiratthachai, who prescribed serum and rest . After a few hours, after ingesting a liquid with minerals, the dog recovered her vital signs and could even walk and eat.
The crew member in charge of her rescue, Vitisak Payalaw , describes that when they got her on the ship she had " a sad look " but with the time and the care of the other members of the boat the bitch regained her tempers. Payalaw adds that, after seeing her answer, he could smile, and affirms that he now enjoys a " strong physical condition ". For that reason, he relates: " I felt that I had fulfilled my mission ".
How it got to the high seas is still a mystery. His rescuers suspect that he jumped off a ship and are looking for his owner, but have not yet managed to solve this riddle and no one has claimed it .
On Sunday night, Merit was picked up by a neighboring ship that was going ashore so they could take her to a veterinarian. This Monday he arrived at a port where he was welcomed by the animal association Watchdog Thailand , which reported the rescue to FCINCO.
The caregivers in charge of her expect her to have a full recovery and, if not reclaimed after a few days, it will be adopted by the crew that rescued her. Payalaw adds that, when he returns to land after completing the trip, he will return for it: "If he does not have an owner, I will become his."
For now, Merit is under observation, but they hope to be able to discharge him these days .
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