Caleb Schwab died Sunday at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan., while riding the Verrückt — German for "insane" — a slide that drops riders at 65 mph from a height of almost 169 feet. It is the world's tallest water slide Caleb Schwab was the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele, of Olathe.
Riders sit in a three-person raft and are secured with straps across the waist and shoulders. Marketing materials include the slogan "R U Insane?"
It was not immediately clear if the boy fell from the ride. His family was at the park when the tragedy occurred, park spokeswoman Pam Renteria said.
"Given that safety is our first priority, we have closed the Kansas City park today and Monday and have closed the ride pending a full investigation," she said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."
Just last week, USA TODAY named it one of the best water park rides in the nation.
Source: USA Today