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Police and firefighters found Caleb Thomas Schwab dead at a pool at the end of the ride on Sunday, police said Monday. Caleb was the son of Republican Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab and Michele Schwab.

Police“Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with,” Scott and mother Michele Schwab said in a statement. “As we try and 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.”

Investigators are trying to determine what led to the boy’s death. He may not have met the ride’s minimum height requirement of 54 inches. An age requirement of 14 years was waived shortly after the ride opened, though the minimum height requirement remained.

Swimmers who ride the slide are strapped to a multi-person raft with a safety harness before it plunges 17 stories, and quickly climbs back up a roller coaster-style hill before dropping another 50 feet on the other side.

The water slide takes riders nearly 170 feet off the ground at its highest point. German for “insane,” the Verrückt is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest water slide on Earth.

Park officials said the park, which has been closed since Sunday, will reopen on Wednesday.

Amusement and water parks have not been fully regulated since 1981, when federal lawmakers dropped the requirement as part of government-wide deregulations intended to cut spending. For eight years before that, permanent rides at parks were regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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