Six charged over actress Tangmo’s death – Nida Patcharaveerapong died after fall from boat into Chao Praya

After a months-long investigation by Nonthaburi police, Thai public prosecutors have charged six people over the drowning death of popular actress Tangmo.

Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong died on the night of February 24th, after she fell from a speedboat into the Chao Praya river.

The six charged are speedboat owner Tanupat “Por’’ Lerttaweewit, Phaiboon “Robert’ Trikanjananun, Wisapat “Sand’’ Manomairat, Nitas “Job’’ Kiratisoonthisathorn, Tangmo’s manager Idsarin “Gatick’’ Juthasuksawat and Peam “Em’’ Thamtheerasri.

According to investigators, Peam Thamtheerasri was ultimately charged as, although he was not in the boat the night of Tangmo’s death, he advised those who were to put off giving statements about the accident to police.

Meanwhile, speedboat owner Tanupat Lerttaweewit was indicted on five charges — giving a false statement to police, recklessness causing death, driving a boat without a license, taking an anti-anxiety drug illegally and dropping items into the Chao Praya.

Others who were also on the boat were charged with offences ranging from recklessness causing death and assisting others to avoid punishment, to concealing evidence and giving false statements.

All six were granted bail on amounts ranging from 210,000 baht to 90,000 baht depending on the number of charges and severity of alleged crimes.

Actress Tango, aged 32, fell off the privately-owned speedboat in Nonthaburi near the Chao Praya’s Pibul 1 pier on February 24th.

Her body was recovered two days later, with cuts on it showing evidence she had been sucked into the boat’s propeller after hitting the water.

Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong starred in TV dramas like Nuer Nai (เนื้อใน), Leh Runjuan (เล่ห์รัญจวน), and Sai Yom Si (ทรายย้อมสี), as well as TV series Bangkok Love Stories 2, Under Her Nose and Saai Yai and the movies Ghost of Mae Nak, and The Last Heroes.