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2 Riders Say Kansas Waterslide Had Loose Straps

Associated Press - August 9, 2016 12:29 pm

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At least two people who’ve ridden the waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy was killed over the weekend say shoulder straps snapped or popped off during the ride in Kansas City, Kansas.

Paul Oberhauser told local television station KCTV that the safety restraints on his raft on the Verruckt waterslide weren’t working properly when he rode it on July 26 at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

The Nebraska man says his shoulder strap “busted loose” during the ride and he “just held on.” A video shot by his wife shows it loose at the ride’s end. He says he told workers about the loose strap.

Kenneth Conrad told WDAF-TV that he rode the waterslide last year with a friend whose shoulder strap came “completely off.” Conrad’s wife snapped a photo at the end of the ride showing the strap missing. Conrad says he didn’t file a complaint with the park.

The park’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the claims.

Keely Denning

August 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm

This is so tragic, my heart goes out to the families involved.
We were very lucky here in Salina this past weekend that we did not experience a tragedy. Several people experienced a door on the ferris wheel opening while the ride was in operation.
Laws on these rides need to be made.

Rawbirt Hajny

August 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

ABC News talked with Esteban Castaneda, who witnessed the incident at the water park. He described a horrific scene after the boy’s death.

Castaneda said that he heard booms coming from the area of the slide and then saw a body wash down the slide directly after the raft did.

Castaneda said he noticed a lifeguard was trying to push the crowd back from the slide, but he continued to try to help because he thought there was someone lying face down in the water.

The lifeguard told Castaneda that there was nothing he could do to help. It was at that point that he noticed the boy appeared to have been decapitated.

Castaneda said two other woman were strapped into the raft, and the first position of the raft was empty. This is likely where Caleb had been sitting.

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