Boy dies on ‘world’s largest’ water slide at Schlitterbahn

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A boy has died on a Kansas water slide billed as the world’s largest.

Police spokesman Officer Cameron Morgan says the boy died Sunday at the Schlitterbahn Water Park.

Winter Prosapio, spokesperson for Schlitterbahn
Winter Prosapio, spokesperson for Schlitterbahn

Winter Prosapio, spokesperson for Schlitterbahn, said the boy died on the Verrückt water slide, which is promoted as the world’s tallest water slide at 168 feet, 7 inches.  Speeds down the ride can reach 70 mph.

“We are saddened to share that a young boy died on Verrückt this afternoon,” Prosapio said. “Given that safety is our first priority, we have closed our Kansas City park and we have closed the ride pending a full investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

Police and Prosapio did not provide details of how the child died or the child’s identity.

Prosapio says the park was closed Sunday and would also be closed Monday while the death is investigated.

“We honestly don’t know what happened,” Prosapio said. “That’s why an investigation, a full investigation, is necessary.”

By Sunday evening, the ride was no longer listed as an attraction on the park's website.
By Sunday evening, the ride was no longer listed as an attraction on the park’s website.

The park’s website said Verrückt is the largest water slide in the world, and riders must be at least 54 inches tall. The combined weight of all the people on-board one raft must fall between 400 and 550 pounds. Initially when the ride began running there was an age requirement of 14-years. That age requirement is no longer listed on the park’s website for Verrückt. FOX 4 is working to determine when the age requirement was removed. By Sunday evening, Verrückt was no longer listed as an attraction on the park’s website.

“All rides are inspected every day actually,” Prosapio said. “And our rides are inspected by an outside party before the season starts.”

FOX 4 has a crew on the scene and will be adding new information as it is confirmed.

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*Following the accident, the boy was reported to be 12-years-old.  FOX 4 messaged the family’s pastor, acting as their spokesperson, who clarified that Caleb was 10-years-old.

Accidental death investigation underway at Schlitterbahn
Accidental death investigation underway at Schlitterbahn
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
KCK police are investigating an accidental death Sunday at Schlitterbahn.
By Sunday evening, the ride was no longer listed as an attraction on the park's website. This is a screen grab FOX 4 took prior to the ride being taken down.
By Sunday evening, the ride was no longer listed as an attraction on the park’s website. This is a screen grab FOX 4 took prior to the ride being taken down.
The list of requirements under the page for Verrückt.
The list of requirements under the page for Verrückt.

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