It’s safe to say that navy guard are used to addressing the emergency situation in the middle of the sea. However, in a recent rescue mission, members of Thai Royal Navy jumped into action to help cats and not humans.
A series of photos showing Thai navy officials rushing to save the animals who were stuck on a sinking ship in the Andaman Sea are now going viral. Thai navy sailors braved deep waters to launch a dramatic rescue this week.
The incident came to light after social media user Nookool. b posted photos of navy officials plunging into action to help the cats.
“When Navy sailors approached the ship to inspect it for any oil spillage as it began sinking, they noticed four cats stranded on board,” the post read.
“They carried each cat on their backs and swam back to the Navy vessel until every cat was rescued.” Photos show one of the rescuers bringing the cats one by one to the navy boat on his shoulder as his team pulls him in by a rope. According to The Nation, Thailand, the felines were on Phamonsin Nava 10 fishing ship, which had earlier caught flames and began to sink about 13 kilometres off Adang Island in Satun.
All eight of the ship’s crew, who had reportedly jumped off the sinking vessel into the sea before the Navy arrived, were rescued by a passing fishing ship, report added. Local news outlet Naewna identified the ‘hero’ sailor as Admiral Saai, who holds the position of artilleryman, defense group, 491th Antiaircraft and Coast Guard. He was part of a team that was sent to inspect the site to see if there was any oil spillage.
It was during inspection they spotted a few crew members who had been forgotten, hurdling together on a wooden beam. “I used my camera to zoom in to the boat, and I saw one or two cats popping their heads out,” First-Class Petty Officer Wichit Pukdeelon of the navy’s air and coastal defence division told Reuters. Apart from being a bit dehydrated, the felines sustained no other wounds, The Thaiger reported.
An update that all the rescued kittens were doing well was later posted on a fan page of the Thai Royal Navy, and the post quickly went viral. Another video shared by Navy PR on TikTok too went viral that showed the officers taking care of the rescued animals. The cats are now being cared for by their rescuers at their command post on the island of Koh Lipe.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Lule Melgarejo: “You are a great hero to 4 very wet and scared fur babies. Thank you so much for your compasion and kindness toward this little fur babies. May God bless you always and in every way for your courage and intelligence to be able to help them.”
Arthur ok : “I would like to be able to shake the hand of that man and those who sailed with him, it isn’t every day that a person would take the time to save the lives of animals, and yet this kind gentleman and his crew did, for that I tip my hat, and say Thank you to each and every one of you Well done, well done, Peace”
Brian Forksnorkler : “feel good, people like this were there in time.”
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