Boy Dies While Riding Schlitterbahn's Verruckt Waterslide
A 10-year-old boy has died while riding Verruckt, a waterslide that was named the world's tallest by Guinness World Records in 2014.
The incident, which took place at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City August 7, is undergoing a full investigation, according to an ABC News report.
Few details are available. However, the boy's parents, state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michelle, released a statement saying it was their son, Caleb Thomas Schwab. This is one of only a handful of other known deaths to have occurred at a waterpark..
It is still unclear what took place on the slide. However, the ABC News report makes note of some issues surrounding the early testing of the slide, as well as delays with its opening due to safety concerns:
The 2014 opening of Verruckt was delayed multiple times, though the operators didn't explain why. Two media sneak preview days in 2014 were canceled because of problems with a conveyor system that hauls 100-pound rafts to the top of the slide.
Prosapio said in 2014 that park officials would not hesitate to delay operation again for however long it takes to make sure the slide is safe.
In a news article linked to the news release announcing a 2014 delay, Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry told USA Today that he and senior designer John Schooley had based their calculations when designing the slide on roller coasters, but that didn't translate well to a waterslide like Verruckt.
In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some angles at a cost of $1 million, Henry said.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for continuing coverage.