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Child Thrown From Waterslide (Video)

| by Michael Doherty

Frightening video footage (below) has shown the moment a young boy went flying from a newly-built waterslide in California.

The video, which took place at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin, California, shows a boy riding the slide before being thrown off due to momentum, according to WLS-TV. The boy was reportedly taken to the hospital and released that day with only minor injuries.

Dublin Assistant City Manager Linda Smith said that she saw the boy fall out of the slide and onto the concrete ground, saying that he "seemed to be shook, but seemed to be ok."

"Obviously that's not what you want to have happen on your first day," said Smith. She added that the city will be shutting down three of the park's waterslides to inspect them.

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"We take safety very seriously and we are going to make sure that before we re-open those slides that they are safe for use," said Smith. "Our thoughts are with the family that had this experience. We are going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen again."

In 2016, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed after an accident at the world's tallest waterslide in Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, according to Romper.

The 168-foot-tall slide, called "Verruckt" after the German word for "insane," experienced a number of malfunctions while it was under construction, and its opening date was rescheduled several times.

Caleb suffered a neck injury and was decapitated while riding Verruckt. The slide was immediately closed for inspection.

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Scott and Michelle Schwab, Caleb's parents, spoke to "Good Morning America" about their son's tragic death.

"Six went to the park and five came back," said Scott of the day, when the couple took their four sons to the water park.

"[Caleb's brother] was screaming, 'He flew from Verruckt, he flew from Verruckt,'" recalled Michelle. When the mother tried to go to the slide, a man stopped her from getting closer. "He just kept saying, 'No, trust me, you don't want to go any further.'"

Michelle said that she misses the little things about her son, according to People.

"Giving him hugs," said the mom, "hearing about his day, watching him play soccer, I mean, so much, so many things."

The family said that they are slowly healing from the tragedy, and keeping Caleb's memory alive. They also said they were grateful for the outpouring of support from people around the world who heard their story.

"We have a box of greeting cards from around the world and we just want people to know that we’re thankful and we’re still hurting but we’re going to be okay," said Scott.

Sources: WLS-TV, Romper, People / Photo credit: Chris Betcher/Flickr

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