The world’s tallest water slide will be torn down after a 10-year-old boy broke his neck and died while riding it in August.
The 17-story high water ride, at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, USA, has been closed since the unfortunate incident on August 7 and will finally close to the public once the investigation into what went wrong is finished.
Caleb Thomas Schwab, son of a state lawmaker, died on August 7 at the waterpark while on the Verruckt water slide, which sends riders plunging down at up to 50 miles an hour.
“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,” Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said in a statement Tuesday. “In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy”. Schwab was riding on a raft with two women who suffered minor injuries when the incident occurred, according to police.
The ride is taller than the Statue of Liberty and the name, “Verrückt” means “insane” in German. “We will, at some point in the future, announce what will be built in its place,” park officials said.
The Schlitterbahn waterpark said that its entire team is “heartbroken” over Caleb’s death. “We continue to fully cooperate with investigative teams and work with the families, their attorneys and our staff impacted by this accident,” it added.