Being stuck in a sinking boat can be terrifying. There’s the feeling of being helpless and the fear of not being able to survive. However, despite how scary the situation is, you need to take control of your emotions and think of your next move.
When a fire claimed a fishing boat on the coast of Thailand, its crew acted quickly
They called for help right before the entire vessel went underwater. And fortunately, there was another boat nearby. Its crew responded quickly to their call for help.
All the men were saved.
However, when the rescuers took a second look, they realized that the boat had other passengers. First-Class Petty Officer Wichit Pukdeelon took his camera and saw four helpless cats hanging on one of the crane-like structures of the boat.
Right after seeing the cats, Thatsaphon Saii, another member of the rescue team, put on a life vest and jumped into the water.
He swam as fast as he could to save the cats. Everything happened quickly that he didn’t even realize that he swam 50 feet just to get to where the cats were!
With the men’s bravery, all cats and crew were successfully saved from the boat.
Even though they were celebrating their successful rescue mission, the men still wondered about what happened to the boat. They weren’t able to get the full story. However, with the help of the officials, they realized another important thing.
The boat’s oil tank was prone to leaking.
Oil spills are bad for marine animals. The oil destroys their fur’s ability to provide insulation. ANd without it, animals become exposed to the harsh elements.
Additionally, leaking oil can get into the environment. It can ruin the salinity/pH levels of the water, kill every living organism there, and more.
Knowing how destructive the oil can be to marine life, the men went to work to make sure that the environment wouldn’t be harmed. They contacted concerned agencies and asked for their help in taking control of the situation.
What happened to the cats?
They were lucky that the rescuers were able to spot them in time. Plus, they were fortunate that the men were willing to risk their lives just to save them.
The Royal Navy is taking care of the rescued cats.
After their rescue, the cats were moved to Koh Lipe. There, they’re living really happy lives with the Royal Thai Navy. They always have food to eat and water to drink. Plus, their heroes are always around them. For sure, they’ll never feel unsafe again.
Every life matters.
The men’s actions didn’t go unnoticed. Their story went viral and a lot of people felt inspired by what they did. They were super happy that the men went back just to save the poor cats.
Apart from saving them, they gave the cats a permanent home and a forever family, too. It’s truly a heartwarming story.
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