World’s Tallest Waterslide To Be Demolished After 10-Year-Old Was Decapitated

by : Tom Percival on : 18 Nov 2016 17:47

The world’s tallest waterslide is set to be demolished following the death of a ten-year-old boy who was riding it earlier this year. 


Caleb Thomas Schwab, son of Republican state representative Scott Schwab, died after a tragic accident slung his body from the Verruckt slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City in August.

Following the incident, some guests have claimed that the 168 foot high attraction’s harness wasn’t working properly earlier that day, TIME reports.

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In a statement released on Tuesday, Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said that the Verruckt will be demolished after a probe into the accident is finished.


They said: 

In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy. All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verruckt.

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Lawyers representing Caleb’s family are investigating claims the slide hadn’t been inspected by the state since the ride opened two years ago.

No charges or lawsuits have yet been filed by Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts has been co-operating with investigators and the victims’ families and lawyers, and noted ‘the safety of our staff and guests is our top priority’.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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