It was supposed to be a fun afternoon for one young boy at a Kansas City park on Monday. Instead, the day ended in tragedy for Representative Scott Schwab and his wife Michele when their son Caleb died on the world’s tallest waterslide.
Tragedy struck at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on Monday while the Schwab family tried to enjoy their afternoon. During their visit, Caleb decided to go on the Verrückt, known as the tallest waterslide in the world, standing at 168 feet and seven inches.
According to a report from the Kansas City Star, Caleb had taken the ride with two other females who are unrelated to him. His body was found dead at the pool located at the end of the water slide. There were also blood along the slide. The two women who rode with Caleb also sustained minor facial injuries. They were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Schlitterbahn Kansas City confirmed Caleb’s death on their Verrückt slide. Following his death, Scott and Michele issued a statement saying, “Michele and I want to thank the Olathe, and Kansas City, KS communities and all our friends and family for their out pouring of support and compassion as it relates to the sudden loss of our son Caleb Thomas Schwab.”
According to the Kansas State Legislature, Scott is a Republican, a representative for District 49. He has supported bills concerning wildlife and multiple sclerosis and has sponsored a resolution to urge President Obama not to send terrorist detainees to Kansas and anywhere else in the U.S. The couple had four sons, including Caleb.
Upon the death of his second son, Scott said that Caleb “brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with” since the day that he was born. Today, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Caleb’s funeral expenses. Pastor Clint Sprague of the LifeMission Church had requested for the page to be set up for the Schwab’s who are members of the church.
Feeling sick to my stomach. Can't stop thinking about our high school classmate Scott Schwab and his family… pic.twitter.com/0GImFp3UQU
— Jason Lamb (@jasonlambkc) August 8, 2016