A Kansas water park and the world’s tallest water slide were investigated after the death of a young boy.
The young boy is Caleb Schwab and he was the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele, of Olathe.
Caleb died of what police originally described as a “fatal neck wound,” and later confirmed as a decapitation.
Esteban Castaneda who witnessed the incident at the water park described it as a horrific scene after the boy’s death, said ABC News.
Castaneda said that he heard booms coming from the area of the slide and then saw a body wash down the slide directly after the raft did.
Castaneda noticed a lifeguard was trying to push the crowd back from the slide, but he continued to try to help because he thought there was someone lying face down in the water.
Then the lifeguard told Castaneda that there was nothing he could do to help the young boy. It was at that point he noticed that the boy appeared lifeless.
Castaneda said two other women were strapped into the raft, and the first position of the raft was empty. This is likely where Caleb had been sitting.
Castaneda also confirms he had ridden the slide earlier in the day with his cousin’s 14-year-old daughter. She had told him that her safety belt’s Velcro came undone towards the end of her ride.
Kansas City Police also released more information about the incident Monday, calling the boy’s death a “fatal neck injury at the end of the ride.” The two women riding in the raft with Caleb suffered minor facial injuries. They were not related to the boy.
Schwab family released a statement, “Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with,” the family said in a statement. “As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in our Savior Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.”
Kan. A family friend set up a GoFundMe page aimed at collecting $15,000 for funeral expenses of Caleb.
Verruckt was certified as the world’s tallest water slide by Guinness World Records. Riders go down the slide in multi-person rafts and have to be at last 54 inches tall, according to the park’s website.