A family has spoken of its terrifying close call on the world's tallest waterslide, which claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy.
Caleb Thomas Schwab died after suffering a neck injury on the ride at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on Sunday.
Now, people are coming forward and talking about their horrifying experiences on the same ride.
Kenneth Conrad recalled the time he was on the ride with his friend when his friend's harness snapped off after the first drop of the 168-foot Verrückt.
After hearing about Caleb's tragic death, he said,
When it happened, I'm thinking thank God that it wasn't my best friend because I'm the one who invited him there that day and I would have felt like it was my fault.
Matt, Kenneth's friend, was left clinging to the ride for his life.
Kenneth's partner, Erica, added,
It's very devastating, very devastating news, and we have children around the same age and had anything ever happened, I can't even fathom what I would be going through.
Matt did not complain to the park at the time. But after the death of Caleb, he's planning to file an official report.
Schlitterbahn remains closed while an investigation takes place, and is scheduled to re-open Wednesday, according to Daily Mail.
The Schwab family released a statement through its pastor, Clint Sprague, in the wake of Caleb's death.
According to the New York Daily News, Sprague said,
Caleb was an incredible young man, 10 years old and full of life. He's going to be missed for his energy, his life, his smile, and for the way he lit up the room.
The ride used to have an age limit, but the limit was scrapped and replaced with a height restriction one month after opening.
Citations: Family recalls terrifying close call after their friend's safety harness snapped off on the world's tallest waterslide where 10-year-old was 'decapitated' (Daily Mail), Water slide where 10-year-old Kansas boy suffered fatal neck injury once had age requirement of 14, delayed opening after safety concerns (New York Daily News)