World’s tallest waterslide to be demolished after boy died

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Verruckt (KSN File Photo)

NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. (KSNW) – The Schlitterbahn water park corporate website posted a message Tuesday saying the company plans to close its Verruct water slide at its Kansas City water park.

The company said once an investigation into the death of a child on the water slide this past summer is completed and it receives permission by the court, it will close and remove the ride’s tower. The Schlitterbahn website said the measure was “the only appropriate course of action.”

Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed on the Verruct ride on August 7, 2016. The child was the son of Kansas lawmaker Scott Schwab.

Statement from Schlitterban.

All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt. In our 50 years of providing an environment for families and friends to gather, we’ve never experienced this kind of devastating event. The safety of our staff and our guests is our top priority. We are parents and grandparents ourselves and many of us have ridden Verrückt with our own children and grandchildren over the years it operated.

Once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court, Verrückt will be decommissioned – closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower. In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy.

We will, at some point in the future, announce what will be built in its place.

We continue to fully cooperate with investigative teams and work with the families, their attorneys and our staff impacted by this accident. As we move forward, we assure everyone who works for us and the community: we remain wholly committed to our Kansas City park and the original vision of Schlitterbahn – providing a great place to work and an environment for families and friends to gather together.