The grieving mother of actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong, whose body was fished from the Chao Phraya River Saturday, refuses to believe her daughter simply fell from a speedboat.
Brewing a conspiracy theory rather than accept an accidental drowning, Panida Sirayutthayothin picked through details to put together a scenario where the TV star was an unwelcome guest on the cruise from the Thon Buri Bridge towards Nonthaburi Province on Thursday night, was ostracized and then pushed overboard, despite the fact she was traveling with friends and her manager.
Eakpan Bunluerit, a volunteer rescue worker and actor who joined the search team, said there was a deep cut on Tangmo’s thigh.
Police have no evidence to support any of her theory, but are considering charging the owner and captain of the boat for negligence resulting in death.
A recovery team found the body of the 37-year-old actress floating about 300 meters from the Pibul Songkhram 1 Pier in Nonthaburi around 1.10 p.m. yesterday, about a kilometer from where she went overboard around 10 p.m. Feb. 24.
Six people were on the boat, including Nida’s manager “Kratik”, and boat owner Tanupat Lerttaweewit. The cruise was supposedly for dinner, but Nida’s mother doesn’t believe that, saying a photoshoot must have been involved because her daughter dressed up. She wants to know who hired her.
The mother pointed to a photo posted online showing a downcast Nida sitting alone at the back of the boat as “evidence” something was wrong. Several passengers were quoted earlier by Thai media saying the boat’s toilet was broken, forcing people to relieve themselves at the stern. Nida’s mother claimed her hi-so daughter never would do such a thing.
Nonthaburi police chief Pol. Maj. Gen. Paisarn Wongwatcharamongkol said no one has been charged in the case but that negligence and other charges could be leveled against Tanupat, whose boat had an expired license, and helmsman “Bert”, who didn’t have a captain’s license.
None of the passengers were wearing life jackets because, although they were on board, passengers claimed they didn’t know where they were stowed.