Kansas Boy Dies On World's Tallest Water Slide

| by Brendan Kelly

The son of a Kansas lawmaker was killed while riding the world's tallest waterslide, police say.

Caleb Schwab, 10, died at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City while on the Verruckt ride on Aug. 7, his family said in a statement. Caleb was the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab.

The family's statement reads: 

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.

Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler called the death accidental in a tweet, KCTV reports.

Following the accident, Schlitterbahn Water Park was closed for an investigation.

The water park released a statement regarding the incident, saying "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time," adding that the park would be closed until Aug. 9, "pending a full investigation."

The Verruckt is a slide which drops riders nearly 169 feet at a speed of 65 mph. It is listed as the world's tallest water slide by Guinness World Records. Verruckt is a German word for "insane" or crazy," reports NBC News. 

Sources: KCTVNBC News / Photo credit: Schwab Family via KCTV

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