Politician’s 10-Year-Old Son Killed In Horrifying Accident On World’s Tallest Waterslide

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RIP, Caleb Thomas Schwab.

The ten-year-old boy — and son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab — died on Sunday while riding the Verr├â┬╝ckt, a water slide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Water Park.

The Verr├â┬╝ckt isn’t just any water slide, either. It’s a 17-story tall slide, billed as the highest in the world, with extreme downward angles that give riders unreal speeds flying downhill.

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As of now, authorities are remaining extremely tight-lipped about what specifically caused Caleb’s death, with Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio telling reporters late Sunday night:

“We honestly don’t know what’s happened. That’s why a full investigation is necessary. We have to understand what’s happened. The Fire Department, of course, is here. An outside inside investigation will be underway, and it will be a complete one. ├óΓé¼┬ª To be honest, this is not something we’ve experienced … Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

Riders can get going up to 70 mph on the downhill slope, which comes from a drop of 168 feet and seven inches — a truly insane slide height.

The Schwab family was at the park for elected officials day, where the Schlitterbahn was celebrating local politicians and community leaders and their families. A festive morning mood, though, very quickly turned tragic.

Obviously, the family is devastated, and the politician released a statement late Sunday night about his son’s death, saying:

“Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with. As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in his Saviour, Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.”


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Verr├â┬╝ckt — which literally translates to “insane” from German — and the rest of the Schlitterbahn Water Park have now been closed pending the investigation into Caleb’s death.

As you can see from the video (below), the ride can get REALLY intense — and it features not one, but two major drop points, either one of which could be at issue in this tragedy:


Just going through that ride on video is scary. Exhilarating, sure, but WOW… do they get going fast and steep.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Caleb’s family after this unimaginable tragedy.

[Image via KCTV5/Twitter.]

Aug 8, 2016 1:17pm PDT

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