Police dispute PEOPLE magazine’s claim that raft carrying Caleb Schwab was under weight requirement

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police are disputing an article published in PEOPLE Magazine about the circumstances surrounding Caleb Schwab's death at Schlitterbahn.

PEOPLE's article claims that a police report confirms that there wasn't enough weight in the raft Schwab was riding in before his death.

Schwab died while riding Schlitterbahn's Verrückt water slide on Aug. 7. PEOPLE said it obtained a police report that listed the weight of each rider, which added up to 385 pounds -- 15 pounds less than the minimum weight required to ride the slide.

Police, however, are disputing that claim. They told FOX 4 that the weight from the women's medical records and Caleb's autopsy actually added up to 545 pounds, well above the 400-pound weight requirement.

The ride's safety guidelines call for 2-3 riders in each raft, for a combined weight of between 400 and 550 pounds.

Police said they're not sure why the weights would be so drastically different, but said they suspect the lower figures came from the women's drivers licenses.

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