Drowning dog rescued from Sattahip ditch

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Chaiyot Piyasuwan said he saw the dog dive into the ditch to grab a catfish early that morning.

Sattahip rescuers saved a stray dog from drowning after it dived into a water-filled ditch to catch a fish.

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Sawang Rojana Thammasathan Foundation volunteers dropped down into the meter-deep drainage canal near the Laem Thein Pier at the Sattahip Naval Base Oct. 25. They tied the dog’s mouth closed for safety and then brought it to safety.

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The pooch was very weak and couldn’t stand for hours, but was otherwise unhurt.

Naval base employee Chaiyot Piyasuwan said he saw the dog dive into the ditch to grab a catfish early that morning. But hours later the dog was still there, exhausted from paddling. So he called rescue personnel for an assist.

The dog has a collar, so it wasn’t a stray. Someone must be looking for it.



Rescuers enter the ditch to start their rescue.




They loop a rope around the dog’s mouth to keep it from biting the rescue team.

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A cloth is placed over its eyes to keep it calm.



A few mighty heaves and only a few feet to go to safety.

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The pooch was very weak and couldn’t stand for hours, but was otherwise unhurt.