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Belgian Tourist Luvovadio Deraut Drowns at Phuket’s Freedom Beach, Family Heartbroken

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Rescuers carrying Belgian tourist's body
Rescuers prepare to take the body of the drowned Belgian tourist to Vachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy, after he was found dead on Freedom beach in Muang district on Monday. (Photo: Third Navy Region)

Phuket: On a somber Monday, the beautiful yet often perilous waters of Phuket claimed another life. A Belgian tourist, missing for two days, was found lifeless on Freedom Beach. The man, identified as 28-year-old Luvovadio Deraut, had vanished while enjoying the surf with his girlfriend, leaving his family and friends in profound grief.

Deputy Chief of Karon Police Station, Pol Lt Col Wiwat Chamnankit, confirmed the tragic discovery. Deraut’s body, initially swept away by the treacherous currents, eventually washed ashore. His remains were swiftly transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital for a detailed post-mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, across continents, Deraut’s family in Belgium was notified of the heart-wrenching news. Struggling to cope with the shock, they made immediate arrangements to travel to Phuket to claim his remains. An aura of sorrow has enveloped both family and friends, as they make their way to the stunning island that turned into a scene of tragedy.

The chain of events began on a seemingly ordinary Saturday. Deraut, alongside two Yemenis, found joy in the azure waters. However, the fun was cut short by the sudden assault of strong sea currents. Deraut and his companions were caught off-guard, dragged away from safety in the blink of an eye.

Swiftly responding to the crisis, lifeguards on jet skis launched a rescue mission, joined by divers and the dedicated search team from the Kusoltam Phuket Foundation. Miraculously, the two Yemeni tourists were saved, yet amid the rush and chaos, Deraut vanished beneath the waves.

Despite exhaustive search efforts, hope flickered and finally faded, until Monday brought the devastating discovery on Freedom Beach.

Pol Lt Col Wiwat reiterated that red flags had been placed prominently along the shore, warning visitors of the hazardous water conditions. However, even the starkest warnings sometimes fail to curb the allure of the inviting yet deadly waters.

This incident only adds to the grim tally of tourists claimed by Phuket’s picturesque but perilous seas. Deraut’s tragic death marks the fourth drowning case in just one unsettling week.

As if echoing the urgency of the situation, the Meteorological Department issued advisories predicting even more heavy rains and towering waves for the region. Sailors are urged to exercise utmost caution, while smaller boats are advised to remain docked until conditions improve.

Furthermore, other regions across Thailand aren’t exempt from nature’s wrath, with widespread heavy rainfall forecasted to continue. This spate of adverse weather serves as a grim reminder of the forces beyond human control that can swiftly turn paradise into peril.

Red flags on the beach
Lifeguards put up red flags at the beach to warn visitors of the danger of swimming in the current weather conditions.


  1. Emma Davis June 24, 2024

    It’s so ironic how we travel to these beautiful places to escape reality, only to be faced with such tragic events. RIP.

    • Alex June 24, 2024

      Right? It’s a scary reminder that nature isn’t always our friend. My heart goes out to his family.

      • Traveller34 June 24, 2024

        People need to be more careful and heed the warnings. Red flags are there for a reason.

      • Emma Davis June 24, 2024

        Absolutely, Traveller34. But it’s also easy to get caught up in the moment and make risky decisions.

    • Sara T June 24, 2024

      I wonder if more can be done to protect tourists? Are the local authorities doing enough?

      • Milo K. June 24, 2024

        Good question, Sara. They seem to have lifeguards and flags, but maybe there should be stricter enforcement.

  2. Tommy June 24, 2024

    So sad to hear. Why are people still swimming in such conditions? It’s common knowledge to avoid the sea in bad weather.

    • Samantha W. June 24, 2024

      Sometimes it’s easy to underestimate the power of nature, especially when you’re on vacation and not thinking clearly.

      • Tommy June 24, 2024

        True, but awareness campaigns might help. This keeps happening too often.

        • KVN June 25, 2024

          still can’t belive my cousin gone thanks everyone for your condolences

  3. Sarah L. June 24, 2024

    This is utterly heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

    • John D. June 24, 2024

      Indeed. This is yet another wake-up call about the importance of respecting nature.

      • Sarah L. June 24, 2024

        Absolutely, John. It’s just heartbreaking that we often learn these lessons too late.

  4. Nature_Lover84 June 24, 2024

    Maybe these beaches should be closed off when there’s a high risk of drowning. It could save lives.

    • Andrew June 24, 2024

      Could be a good move, but it would hurt tourism. Balance is key.

      • Nature_Lover84 June 24, 2024

        True, but human lives should take precedence over tourism.

      • Emma D. June 24, 2024

        Agree, Nature_Lover84. No vacation is worth someone’s life.

  5. Tourist123 June 24, 2024

    I just returned from Phuket, and the weather conditions were treacherous. Feel so bad for the family.

    • Laura June 24, 2024

      So true. I was there too, and the waves were terrifying. I stayed away from the water.

      • Tourist123 June 24, 2024

        Good call, Laura. It’s just not worth the risk.

  6. Chris M. June 24, 2024

    This is another indictment on poorly enforced safety regulations!

    • Adam June 24, 2024

      Regulations or not, sometimes it’s just unforeseeable accidents.

      • Chris M. June 24, 2024

        True, but there’s always room for improvement in safety measures.

    • Megan June 24, 2024

      Exactly, Chris. Safety regulations need to be tighter, especially in popular tourist spots.

  7. Jane June 24, 2024

    Heartbreaking story. I hope his family finds strength during this tough time.

    • James June 24, 2024

      Sad indeed, Jane. The sea is beautiful but can be so cruel.

  8. GeoFan June 24, 2024

    What a tragic loss! The ocean is as dangerous as it is majestic.

    • Victoria June 24, 2024

      Absolutely right, GeoFan. Many people underestimate its power.

  9. Luke P. June 24, 2024

    Makes you wonder if these warning flags are enough, doesn’t it?

  10. Linda June 24, 2024

    This is so sad. I can’t even imagine what his girlfriend must be feeling.

  11. Oliver June 24, 2024

    We’re all susceptible to risky behaviors while on vacation. Such a sobering reminder to always prioritize safety.

  12. BeachBum123 June 24, 2024

    I’ve been to Phuket multiple times, the warning flags are definitely in place. People need to pay attention.

    • Patricia June 24, 2024

      Right, but maybe there should be more proactive measures, like keeping people out of the water completely during bad weather.

  13. Ravi Singh June 24, 2024

    My heart goes out to the family. Losing a loved one in such a way is unimaginable.

  14. Marie June 24, 2024

    This is devastating. How can we make beaches safer for tourists?

  15. SkepticalOne June 24, 2024

    I wonder if there was negligence involved. Always a possibility in these cases.

    • Hannah June 24, 2024

      It’s easy to blame someone, but sometimes it’s just an unfortunate accident.

  16. KVN June 25, 2024

    still can’t belive my cousin gone thanks everyone for your condolences

  17. Jessica h June 25, 2024

    We were there with our two children I was very surprised when I asked the lifeguard if they had a speed boat or a jet ski they could use to hear they had nothing other than them swimming out with body boards I’m supported that they even managed to get the two we saw being brought to shore back it was hard to watch as even the lifeguard was struggling to get to them one man went in and the man told him to take the woman not him but he was struggling and had to leave her also he came out of the water very out of breathe and said she was dragging him down and he would have drown himself

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