Kansas boy dies on world’s tallest water slide
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 10-year-old Kansas boy died Sunday on a water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, according to WDAF.
Caleb Thomas Schwab died on the Verruckt, the water slide that the Guinness Book of World Record pegs as the tallest in the world.
Verruckt stands at 168 feet, 7 inches and can reach speeds up to 70 mph. The ride initially opened with an age requirement of 14 years, but the requirement is no longer listed on the park’s website, Fox News reports.
“We are saddened to share that a young boy died on Verrückt this afternoon,” said spokesperson Winter Prosapio said. “Given that safety is our first priority, we have closed our Kansas City park and we have closed the ride pending a full investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
The reason for his death is currently unknown and the park is slated to be closed Monday while officials investigate the incident.