US lawmaker’s son dies in a water slide

A water park featuring the world's tallest water slide will remain closed Monday after the 10-year-old son of a lawmaker from the US state of Kansas was killed on the ride, a park statement said.

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Photo provided by Orlando Police Department shows police cars and fire trucks gather outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the United States, June 12, 2016. About 20 people were killed and 42 others wounded early Sunday morning in a shooting incident at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida said local police. (Xinhua/Orlando Police Department) (djj)

The 51.38-metre-tall Verrueckt slide at the Schlitterbahn amusement park in Kansas City was taken out of operation indefinitely pending further investigation, the statement added. Details on the fatal accident were not immediately available.

Caleb Thomas Schwab had been at the park Sunday as part of elected officials day, when state lawmakers and their families receive free admission, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper.

Scott Schwab, a state representative, released a statement confirming his son was killed and asking for privacy from the media.

“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,” said the statement issued on the Schwabs’ behalf by their pastor.

According to Guinness World Records, the water slide, whose name means “insane” in German, drops riders from a height taller than Niagara Falls at top speeds of up to 104.6 kilometres an hour.

Source: dpa/GNA/News Ghana

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