Brother of boy, 10, killed on worlds tallest waterslide had to tell parents

The brother of a 10-year-old boy decapitated on the world’s tallest waterslide had to tell his parents about the horrific accident.

Based in the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, the Verrückt stood at nearly 169 feet tall, with those who went on the ride travelling at 70 miles per hour.

Caleb Schwab was killed instantly after he was thrown from the ride that was taller than Niagara Falls.

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And it was Caleb's older brother, Nathan, who had to inform his devastated parents what had happened, reports Lad Bible.

Caleb, Nathan and their family were invited to Schlitterbahn Waterpark on August 7, 2016 as part of an 'Elected Officials Day'.

Nathan and Caleb were set to ride the Verrückt together but were split to meet weight requirements.

Nathan rode first and waited at the bottom for his younger brother.

Caleb boarded the front of a three-person raft with two female adult strangers but was thrown from the raft, hitting the safety netting at such speed that he was decapitated and killed instantly.

His mother Michelle Schwab told ABC News: “[Nathan] was screaming, ‘He flew from the Verrückt, he flew from the Verrückt,'”.

Waterpark staff were quickly on the scene but arrived to see Caleb's body floating in the pool at the bottom of the slide.

The two females riding with Caleb suffered facial injuries including a broken jaw but survived the impact.

Michelle said: “There was a gentleman who wouldn’t allow me to come close enough to see what was going on, and he just kept saying, ‘Trust me, you don’t want to go any further.

“I kind of knew in my mind that I shouldn’t see it, that I probably don’t want to see it.”

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It was in 2012 when Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry teamed forces with senior designer John Schooley to construct the Verrückt.

Both Henry and Schooley were subsequently indicted on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated endangerment of a child, interference with law enforcement and involuntary manslaughter following Caleb's death.

The indictments against Henry and Schooley alleged the pair skipped fundamental steps in the design process and relied "almost entirely on crude trial-and-error methods" in regards to safety testing but were later dismissed of the charges, according NPR.

The Schlitterbahn Water Park was shut down and the Verrückt was completely demolished.

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