It wasn’t all bad
Vitisak Payalaw was working on an oil rig 135 miles off southern Thailand when he noticed something unusual paddling in the water: a dog. The animal made it to the rig, and the crew quickly hauled him up to safety. “He looked extremely exhausted,” Payalaw said of the pooch, which may have fallen from a fishing vessel. The rig workers gave the dog water and meat and named him Boonrod, which means “he has done good karma and that helps him to survive.” Payalaw says he will adopt the dog if his original owner doesn’t come forward.
Woods: Champion again
Tiger Woods pulled off one of the great comebacks in sports history at Augusta National this week, winning his fifth Masters title and 15th major tournament by one stroke and ending a decade-long championship drought. The 43-year-old golfer suffered an immense series of personal and physical defeats in the years between his 14th and 15th victories: His philandering cost him his marriage, he tore ligaments in his knee, and repeated back operations left him in agonizing pain and addicted to prescription drugs. But Woods said his children’s “infectious happiness” made him determined to recover and return to the top. His win at Augusta, Woods said, is “something I’ll never, ever forget.”
When Notre-Dame de Paris went up in flames this week, a heroic priest rushed to the scene to help save a trove of priceless religious relics. Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, entered the burning cathedral with firefighters and led the effort to retrieve its holy artifacts. Working through the night, Fournier and emergency workers rescued treasures including the crown of thorns many worshippers believe was worn by Jesus Christ and a 13th-century tunic said to belong to Saint Louis. “Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” said a member of the emergency services. “He showed no fear at all.” ■