The rescued dog appeared to be growing stronger on the oil rig before he made his journey back to shore.

Workers on an oil rig about 135 miles offshore from southern Thailand noticed something stunning in the water: a dog.

The animal swam toward the rig’s platform and clung to it as team members tried to figure out how to save him, Vitisak Payalaw, an offshore planner for Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production, told NPR.

Video that Payalaw posted on Facebook shows the shivering animal partially submerged in water, staring up at the workers.

Payalaw said he and three members of his team spent 15 minutes working to secure the dog with a rope and pull him up to safety. They were racing against time, he said, because the seas were becoming rougher.

The oil rig workers used a rope to pull the dog to safety.

In the first photos Payalaw posted, the dog looks exhausted — “especially on his eyes” — and despondent. Workers…

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