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Boy Dies on World's Tallest Water Slide in Kansas

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 08, 2016

Boy Dies on World's Tallest Water Slide in Kansas

Photo via Schlitterbahn Waterpark

On Sunday, the 10-year-old son of Kansas state Representative Scott Schwab died in an accident on the world's largest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

According to, Caleb Thomas Schwab was on the 168-foot-tall water slide called the Verruckt when he died, but park officials and authorities have not released any further details about the accident.

“Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with,” the family said in a statement to “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.”

The Schlitterbahn Waterpark was closed Sunday following the child’s death and will remain closed Monday while the accident is investigated by authorities.

“We are saddened to share that a young boy died on Verruckt this afternoon. Given that safety is our first priority, we have closed our Kansas City park and we have closed the ride pending a full investigation,” Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said at a press conference. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We honestly don't know what's happened. That's why ... a full investigation is necessary. We have to understand what's happened.”

The Verruckt water slide is the world’s tallest according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and park officials reported that the ride is inspected daily by employees and inspected by a third party before the start of each season.


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