The management of Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, USA, have released a statement saying they will demolish the Verrückt waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy, Caleb Schwab, was killed in August.
The 51-metre waterslide was the tallest in the world, with raft speed exceeding 100kph. The opening had been delayed twice in 2014 due to safety issues discovered during testing, including rafts flying off the rising section of the slide. There were also complaints about harness failure.
On announcing the ride would be pulled down, Schlitterbahn released the following statement:
All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt. In our 50 years of providing an environment for families and friends to gather, we’ve never experienced this kind of devastating event. The safety of our staff and our guests is our top priority. We are parents and grandparents ourselves and many of us have ridden Verrückt with our own children and grandchildren over the years it operated.
Once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court, Verrückt will be decommissioned – closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower. In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy.
We will, at some point in the future, announce what will be built in its place.
We continue to fully cooperate with investigative teams and work with the families, their attorneys and our staff impacted by this accident. As we move forward, we assure everyone who works for us and the community: we remain wholly committed to our Kansas City park and the original vision of Schlitterbahn – providing a great place to work and an environment for families and friends to gather together.
The announcement follows the news that Dreamworld will demolish the Thunder River Rapids Ride after four deaths there in October.