A boat was overturned in the deepwater area near the island of Koh Adang, Thailand, and eight trapped crew members sought help. Despite the timely Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ attempt, the Royal Thai Navy had to re-examine the capsized boat for a possible oil spill. The boat was already on its way down to the depths when they arrived.
To their surprise, they found four ᴛᴇʀʀɪꜰɪᴇᴅ, soaking wet cats trapped and waiting for somebody to help them. The Navy Officers knew they couldn’t leave those poor fellas behind, so a quick Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ operation was discussed and deployed.
First-Class Petty Officer Wichit Pukdeelon of the navy’s air and coastal defence division told Reuters, “I used my camera to zoom in to the boat, and I saw one or two cats popping their heads out.” Another Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ operation was launched right away and gained instant success.
Thatsaphon Saii, 23, one of the members, recognized the urgency of the situation and acted quickly. In an attempt to sᴀᴠᴇ them, he grabbed a life jacket and dived into the water without hesitation. He swam around 50 feet and quickly reached the sinking boat. As the fires were spreading, there wasn’t much time left before the boat sank completely. He swam with the cats, one by one, on his shoulders back and forth between two boats. Thankfully, due to Saii’s heroism, the four small cats that were trapped on board the ship were ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ and brought to safety.
The Washington Post reported that the sweet animals got cleaned up and received plenty of care and affection from the team of Thai navy officials once back at the navy’s official command post. The cats were wiped down and dried off by the people who ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ them before receiving some food. They even got to play and pose for photographs with the navy officials, who became their own personal heroes on that eventful day in March 2021.