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10-Year-Old Boy Killed Riding the World’s Tallest Water Slide

Aug 8, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A 10-year-old boy died Sunday on a water park attraction billed as the world’s tallest water slide. The Washington Post reports that Kansas boy Caleb Schwab, the son of a state legislator, was killed on the ride known as the Verruckt — named after the German word for “insane.”

The ride is a featured attraction at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. Police said the boy’s death appeared to be an accident, but park officials were not providing details. The report notes that some of the park’s guests said harnesses on the ride were not working Sunday.

Concerns have been raised about the ride in the past. “Before it opened two years ago, the Verruckt had to be partially torn down and redesigned,” The Post reports. “According to USA Today, the changes were made after rafts flew off the slide at high speeds during test rides.”

USA Today quoted ride co-creator and Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry in July 2014 saying of the ride: “It’s dangerous, but it’s a safe dangerous now. Schlitterbahn is a family water park, but this isn’t a family ride. It’s for the thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure.”

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