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Published on : Monday, August 8, 2016
A 10 year old boy died on Sunday on a water slide which is known as the world’s tallest, in Kansas City. The ride claims itself to be 17 storey “safe dangerous” water slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, billed as the world’s tallest and the most dangerous.
A spokesperson for the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City said the boy died on Sunday on the Verruckt, a 168-foot-tall water slide that has 264 stairs leading to the top.
The park was closed until a full investigation is carried out, said park spokesperson Pam Renteria, in a statement posted on the park’s website.
In a statement, the boy’s family identified him as Caleb Schwab. He was the son of Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele.
Media reports say that, park officials did not immediately say whether the boy fell from the slide.
Verruckt was certified as the world’s tallest water slide by Guinness World Records. Riders go down the slide in multi-person rafts and have to be at last 54 inches tall, according to the park’s website. It was not immediately clear why a 10-year-old was on the slide.
Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler said the death was being treated as an accident.
Verrückt, a German word for “insane” or “crazy,” drops riders at 65 mph from a height of almost 169 feet, taller than both Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. Its marketing materials include the slogan “R U Insane?”
Last week USA Today named it one of the best waterpark rides in the nation.