UPDATE: Child Dies at Schlitterbahn
KSAL Staff - August 7, 2016 4:13 pm
Some Kansas pools and water parks are closing their water slides in response to a new state law that tightened regulations on amusement park rides.
A 10-year-old boy who died Sunday afternoon at a water park in Kansas City, Kansas was the son of a Kansas legislator.
Caleb Schwab, son of State Rep. Scott Schwab, of Olathe, was killed on a water slide at Schlitterbahn.
Scott Schwab released the following statement through Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick:
“Michele and I want to thank the Olathe and Kansas City, Kansas communities and all of our friends and family for their outpouring of support and compassion as it relates to the sudden loss of our son, Caleb Thomas Schwab.
Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with. As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in our Savior Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.
Your continued prayers are welcome and appreciated. We appreciate your understanding of our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time of grieving.”
Caleb died on the Verrückt waterslide. It is promoted as the world’s tallest water slide.
In 2014 Guinness World Records certified the 17-story, 168-foot-tall attraction as the tallest water slide in the world. Riders on the Verrückt, which means “insane” in German, plummet at 60 mph to 70 mph on three-person rafts.
The park closed Sunday afternoon after the accident. It will remain closed on Monday.
Verrückt has been closed indefinitely pending a full investigation.