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    How in the fuck is this possible?

    What We Know About the Young Boy Decapitated on the World’s Tallest Water Slide

    Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated while riding what has been dubbed the world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, police said.

    The case is being investigated as a civil rather than criminal matter, yet details are vague and authorities have disclosed little information about what caused the tragic accident. Questions remain over how exactly Caleb died, including whether the ride or safety equipment — as well as the Velcro straps and belt holding him into the raft — malfunctioned.

    What happened

    Caleb Schwab, the son of a state lawmaker, sustained a fatal “neck injury” at around 2:30 p.m. while riding the 168-foot-tall “Verruckt” (meaning “insane” in German) water slide, the Associated Press reports. Police confirmed to TIME on Tuesday that the boy was decapitated in the accident. He was found dead at the bottom of the ride in a pool.

    Schwab boarded the raft with two women who were not related to him, they both suffered minor cuts and scrapes on their face in the incident.

    The Wyandotte County coroner’s office conducted an autopsy on Monday but it is unclear whether they will publicly release the results.

    Caleb’s parents, Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele said in a statement Sunday: “Since the day he was born, [Caleb] brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with.” A memorial service is planned for Friday, according to ABC 7 News.

    The park issued a statement Monday saying it was “deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab family and all who were impacted by the tragic accident.” The water park closed following the incident and will remain shuttered until Wednesday at the earliest, although the slide will not reopen.

    Eyewitness Accounts

    Witness Kelsey Friedrichsen said she was about to ride the waterslide when she saw emergency responders below covering the boy and attending to the two injured. “It looked like he must have somehow been ejected from his seat, bounced around between the netting and the slide and just slid down,” she told PEOPLE.

    Another witness, who had gone down the slide earlier that day, noted that his cousin’s 14-year-old daughter, who was in the raft with him, complained that the Velcro on her safety belt had come undone, reports ABC 7 News. The witness, Esteban Castaneda, said he heard booms before seeing the boy wash down the slide after the raft.

    Water Slide Glitches

    Verruckt is one of the water park’s main attractions. Passengers board a three-person raft and experience a 17-story drop before being “blasted back up a second massive hill” to drop down another 50ft. According to AP, riders must be at least 54 inches tall and the group cannot weigh more than a combined total of 400 to 550 pounds.

    Certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest, the slide is no stranger to controversy. Its scheduled opening back in 2014 was delayed reportedly due to alarming complications including one that saw water rafts detach from the slide and fly off into the air.

    Schlitterbahn co-owner, Jeff Henry, reportedly said that there were engineering challenges behind the design with calculations originally based on roller coasters rather than water slides, according to USA Today. However, after a redesign and more tests, Henry said the ride, although still dangerous, was safe: “it’s a safe dangerous now.”

    http://time.com/4444447/caleb-schwab...r-slide-death/

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    I saw that show on the travel channel about Schlitterbahn as they were building that thing. I thought at the time that there was no way I would ride that ride and wondered how hard it was going to be to get insurance after the video showed so many problems with it

    that a family would lose a child in such a horrific way on a day that is supposed to be a fun family day is beyond belief.

    growing up near the roller coaster capital of the world, I saw the newest, biggest, fastest rides and how they go to great lengths to have the scariest rides. After riding the Millennium Force at Cedar Point, I got off and said "they have now exceeded my capacity to withstand these rides" and that was the last roller coaster I ever rode.

    have to wonder when have they gone too far in the effort to "entertain"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I saw that show on the travel channel about Schlitterbahn as they were building that thing. I thought at the time that there was no way I would ride that ride and wondered how hard it was going to be to get insurance after the video showed so many problems with it

    that a family would lose a child in such a horrific way on a day that is supposed to be a fun family day is beyond belief.

    growing up near the roller coaster capital of the world, I saw the newest, biggest, fastest rides and how they go to great lengths to have the scariest rides. After riding the Millennium Force at Cedar Point, I got off and said "they have now exceeded my capacity to withstand these rides" and that was the last roller coaster I ever rode.

    have to wonder when have they gone too far in the effort to "entertain"
    and I'm on the other end of the spectrum thinking Millennium Force is weak and boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaminub View Post
    and I'm on the other end of the spectrum thinking Millennium Force is weak and boring.
    You're a 19 year old male so I'm not surprised. When you get old like us, you'll probably think differently...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I saw that show on the travel channel about Schlitterbahn as they were building that thing. I thought at the time that there was no way I would ride that ride and wondered how hard it was going to be to get insurance after the video showed so many problems with it

    that a family would lose a child in such a horrific way on a day that is supposed to be a fun family day is beyond belief.

    growing up near the roller coaster capital of the world, I saw the newest, biggest, fastest rides and how they go to great lengths to have the scariest rides. After riding the Millennium Force at Cedar Point, I got off and said "they have now exceeded my capacity to withstand these rides" and that was the last roller coaster I ever rode.

    have to wonder when have they gone too far in the effort to "entertain"
    I saw that show as well. With the rafts ejecting off the slide and landing where they weren't supposed to.

    Here's my stance on this. No one under the age of 18 ought to have been allowed on that thing. Period. If you're a consenting adult and you want to put your life at risk for a thrill, fine. Have at it. But a 10 year old boy should not have been on that fucking thing and now he's lost his life in a horrific way. I'm tearing up right now even typing this because I am so sad for that poor boy.

    But I'm also angry. I'm angry that people's stupidity would even allow for this to happen. The kid was counting on adults to make good decisions for him because he theoretically can't on his own and the adults let him down. Parents, ride operators, park owners, all of them share some responsibility in my mind. I can tell you this, I would not allow either of my boys on that thing. Now perhaps the kid was allowed to go off on his own and ride the rides without his parents supervision which I don't think it unreasonable for a 10 year old. This is why I say that no one under the age of 18 should have been allowed on that thing. In that case there's probably not much fault on the parents.

    RIP little guy. You didn't deserve to die like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I saw that show on the travel channel about Schlitterbahn as they were building that thing. I thought at the time that there was no way I would ride that ride and wondered how hard it was going to be to get insurance after the video showed so many problems with it

    that a family would lose a child in such a horrific way on a day that is supposed to be a fun family day is beyond belief.

    growing up near the roller coaster capital of the world, I saw the newest, biggest, fastest rides and how they go to great lengths to have the scariest rides. After riding the Millennium Force at Cedar Point, I got off and said "they have now exceeded my capacity to withstand these rides" and that was the last roller coaster I ever rode.

    have to wonder when have they gone too far in the effort to "entertain"
    This could be the beginning of the end for thrill rides of the insane variety. The law suits will make them prohibitive. And I don't have a problem with that.
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    Yeah when I saw pictures of that thing it made me uneasy just looking at it.

    Its amazing what age will do to you. I used to jump off cliffs from 75 feet now I would be shaking at 20 ft.

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