With their eyes wide open and panicking, the cats huddled. When the help they so desperately needed came in the form of a 23-year-old sailor and his team of Thai naval personnel.
In what can only be described as a rescue mission, the sailors said they turned to the capsized ship in an attempt to check for oil spills, but soon noticed that the animals were on board.
“I used my camera to get closer to the boat and saw one or two cats popping their heads out,”
According to local media, the crew members of the capsized boat were rescued by a passing ship on Tuesday, but somehow the four cats were abandoned.
Knowing that they had to move fast to save the abandoned animals, Tatsafon Sai jumped into the ocean, fighting strong currents. After swimming about 50 feet to reach the boat, Sai was caught on camera, swimming the animals in a safe place – with one of the cats perched delicately on his back as he returned to his crew, who were ready with a rope.
“I immediately took off my shirt and put on a life jacket so I could jump into the sea. The flames were in the back of the boat, but it was starting to sink, so I knew I had to be quick, “he recalled, adding that he was” so relieved “that the fleet was able to save the cats.
The group was quickly branded as “heroes” after footage of the incident spread widely on social media, with the young sailor in particular making a splash among animal lovers online.
Many embraced the news of the rescue amid the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It took me a week,” a Twitter user wrote. “Good things can happen,” wrote another.
After returning to the official command post of the fleet, the cats were wiped and dried with towels and fed by their rescuers, who rocked them, played with them and posed for photos with their new furry friends, who now have a very global fan base.