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