Boat companion: lurch killed Tangmo

Police bring Phaiboon
Police bring Phaiboon "Robert" Trikanjananun to reenact the speedboat trip in the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi province on March 2, 2022. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

One of the five speedboat companions of late actress Nida "Tangmo" Patcharaveerapong has admitted to causing the boat to lurch, which threw Nida overboard to her death, police said on Tuesday.

Police said Phaiboon "Robert" Trikanjananun already told investigators that he had little knowledge about driving a boat and wanted to try it on the night of Feb 24. That night, he and five other people, including Nida, were on a speedboat trip in the Chao Phraya River.

As Mr Phaiboon was behind the steering wheel, Nida, 37, fell into the river by a sudden lurch of the boat as she was about to get up from the back of the vessel, police quoted Mr Phaiboon as saying.

Police would have to wait about a week for further forensic examination results to determine the cause of a deep cut on Nida's left thigh. The results may lead to another charge, police added.

The five people on the speedboat also admitted that they were drinking on the boat on Feb 24.

Police said evidence and witnesses pointed to negligence causing death and not murder.

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  • admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • companion: a person who travels who you or spends a lot of time with you - เพื่อน, เพื่อนเดินทาง
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • forensic: relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened - เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์
  • lurch (verb): to make a sudden, unsteady movement forward or sideways - เซไปเซมา, เซถลา, เอียงอย่างฉับพลัน
  • negligence: when you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something - ความประมาท, ความไม่เอาใจใส่
  • thigh: the top part of your leg, above your knee - ต้นขา
  • vessel: a boat or ship - เรือ
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