This is unbelievably sad. A young boy was killed on the world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, KS on Aug. 7, according to local police. You can see his parents’ touching statement about the heartbreaking death of their son, Caleb Thomas Schwab, right here.
Police spokesman Officer Cameron Morgan has said that the circumstances of Caleb’s death are unknown, per KCTV. He was the son of Michele and Scott Schwab, a Kansas lawmaker. Following Caleb’s untimely death, they shared the following statement:
Michele and I want to thank the Olathe and Kansas City, Kansas communities and all of our friends and family for their outpouring of support and compassion as it relates to the sudden loss of our son, Caleb Thomas Schwab.
Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with. As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in our Savior Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.
Your continued prayers are welcome and appreciated. We appreciate your understanding of our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time of grieving.
Though many details are still unknown, authorities have ruled that the death was an accident. Our hearts break for the boy’s poor family.
Caleb died on the Verrückt ride, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s tallest water slide. The structure is 168 feet and 7 inches tall, and after a huge initial drop, riders are “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”, according to the park’s official website.
HollywoodLifers, please leave your thoughts for Caleb’s family and friends in the comments below.