Four cats rescued from the sinking ship by the Royal Thai Navy

While fishing miles off the coast of Thailand, a ship caught fire and began to take in water. The crew made a distress call, and soon another nearby ship arrived at the scene and rescued the fishermen.

The crew of eight made it off the ship and it seemed like everyone on board the burning, sinking fishing vessel was fine.

But the people weren’t the only ones on the boat.

The boat, which was still miles from the Thai coast, flooded with water and began to sink.

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Stranded souls discovered by a sailor

The Royal Thai Navy sailed onto the scene to investigate the ship and discovered a surprise. The boat was almost submerged, but frightened and four cats clung to everything that was still above the surface of the sea.

It was not clear if the cats had been left behind or if they were stowaways that the crew did not know about. However they found their way onto the boat, in front of the fire these cats probably ate like kings. But now the seafood buffet was over and those four cats were in great danger.

Fortunately, Navy sailors are brave heroes who do not discriminate when they see a soul in need of rescue.

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Sailor Tattaphon Sai didn’t hesitate to dive into the water and swim to the frightened cats. They were surely relieved to see him, and one by one they trampled Sai’s back to the naval ship. Fortunately, Sai carried a thick lifebuoy that the cats could dig their claws into to enjoy their lives!

Royal Thai Navy Fanpage / Facebook
Royal Thai Navy Fanpage / Facebook

As soon as the cats were safe and dry on the navy ship, they were given food and water – and probably lots of love and cuddles from the seafarers. The cats were checked for health problems and injuries, but given the danger they posed on the high seas, they were in tip-top shape.

Royal Thai Navy Fanpage / Facebook
Royal Thai Navy Fanpage / Facebook

Safe, dry and lined

While the cats’ past is a mystery, their future looks bright in the care of the seamen of the Royal Thai Navy. Pictured with sai and lots of delicious food, the cats looked calm and full!

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The delightful fan art shows yet another depiction of the cats’ new life as spoiled companions of the soldiers who saved them.

Royal Thai Navy Fanpage / Facebook

The Royal Thai Navy shared the rescue story news on social media, saying, “Because every life counts.”

While cats and the ocean don’t seem to go together, cats are shockingly excellent sailors. Check out Artie’s ordeal at sea and how he coped with it. Or even the fish story about the man who caught a kitten in the sea!

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Feature image: Royal Thai Navy Fanpage / Facebook

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