Police were on Wednesday (Jan 3) trying to locate the whereabouts of an 18-year old woman who was seen in a livestreaming video standing on the rail guard of Rama VIII bridge before she fell into the Chao Phraya river in the early morning of Tuesday.
A taxi-motorcyclist, Mr Pattharadanai Noomsrinart, told police that he was asked 500 baht by the woman, identified as Ms Nittaya Sawatdiwan, to livestream her stunt with her smartphone in exchange for 500 baht.
He said he was hired by the Ranong native to take her to Rama VIII bridge from Soi Narknivat 30 and then asked to stay with her at the bridge as a friend for a while. While they were there, he said the woman also drank and then gave him her smartphone to livestream her as she climbed on the rail guard, then standing on it before she fell into the river below.
Pol Col Veeradol Thabthimdee, superintendent of Bovornmongkol police, said that, judging from the CCTV footages at the scene, it was evident that the woman jumped into the river herself without anyone pushing her.
He admitted that, during festivals, several people climbed on the rail guard to take their own photos or let their friends to take their photos. But after midnight, this is banned, he said.
A relative of the woman who came from Ranong to see Bovornmongkol police said Ms Nittaya left home in Ranong about two years ago.
So far, no charges have been lodged against the taxi motorcyclist for his role in livestreaming the woman.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)