What was supposed to be a fun day at the water park turned into tragedy for a couple when their 10-year-old son died while riding the world’s tallest water slide.
On Sunday, elected officials received free admission and lunch at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City. Lawmakers and their families were having a great time until mid-afternoon, when Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of a Kansas state representative from Olathe, Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife Michele, died on the Verrückt, which is 17 stories high.
Today my good friends Scott and Michele Schwab lost their son Caleb in a tragic accident at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark.— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) August 8, 2016
“Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with,” the statement said. “As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in his savior, Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.”
The Schlitterbahn water park shut down and is due to reopen on Tuesday. The slide, however, is closed until further notice.
Corporate director of communications for Schlitterbahn, Winter Prosapio, said the cause of Caleb's death isn't yet clear.
“We honestly don’t know what’s happened. That’s why a full investigation is necessary. We have to understand what’s happened. The fire department, of course, is here. (An) outside, inside investigation will be underway, and it will be a complete one. … To be honest, this is not something we’ve experienced,” Prosapio said.
One can only hope that the authorities at the park will look into the case in detail, and take appropriate action so that horrific incidents like these do not take place in the future.