Boy, 10, killed on 51.4m US water slide
AUTHORITIES in the United States state of Kansas on Monday were investigating the death of a 10-year-old boy on what is billed as the world's tallest water slide.
Caleb Schwab, son of a Kansas state legislator, was killed on Sunday on the Verruckt, a towering water slide at Kansas City's Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Schlitterbahn spokesman Winter Prosapio told a news conference that it was the first such incident at the park.
"This is not something we've experienced," she said, adding that the park and the ride were closed pending the investigation.
The park gave no details on what happened to the boy.
"We are deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab family and all who were impacted by the tragic accident," a park statement said.
A message posted on Kansas City police chief Terry Zeigler's Twitter account said the boy's cause of death was a "fatal neck injury" and said an investigation is under way.
The grieving family offered thanks for the support they received from the community.
"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."
A park website description of the water slide says two to three people are typically strapped to a raft and then sent down a "jaw-dropping" 51.4m slide.
They are then "blasted back up a second massive hill and then sent down yet another gut-wrenching 50-foot drop for the ultimate in water slide thrills."
Kansas City TV station KCTV reported that the park told the station at the time that the ride was "not behaving properly", after which netting was added around the slide.