Boy was decapitated on world’s tallest waterslide: Source


spaminator
#1
Boy was decapitated on world’s tallest waterslide: Source
Jim Suhr, The Associated Press
First posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:30 AM EDT | Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:54 AM EDT
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The 10-year-old boy killed during a ride on the world's tallest waterslide was decapitated in the accident, a person familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. Authorities have yet to explain how it happened.
The person was speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the death of Caleb Schwab Sunday on the "Verruckt" raft ride at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Two women who are not family members were also in the raft at the time and were treated for facial injuries. The boy's parents -- Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele -- have not spoken publicly since the death. His funeral is scheduled for Friday.
Verruckt --which in German means "insane" -- featured multi-person rafts that make a 168-foot drop at speeds of up to 70 mph, followed by a surge up a hump and a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Since the accident, investigators have removed netting that was held in place by supports above the 50-foot section from the hump to the finishing pool.
Riders, who must be at least 54 inches tall, were harnessed with two nylon seatbelt-like straps -- one that crossed the rider's lap, the other stretching diagonally like a car shoulder seatbelt. Each strap was held in place by long Velcro-style straps, not by buckles. Riders would hold ropes inside the raft.
The park reopened Wednesday except for a large section that includes the waterslide, although its towering profile greeted visitors when they drove through the entrance. Access to the Verruckt was blocked by a 7-foot-high wooden fence.
On a hot, midweek day, the park was doing a steady business although there were no lines for other rides.
Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio told The Associated Press outside the park's entrance Wednesday that the company was not discussing Sunday's tragedy out of respect for the family. She also said that she could not offer immediate perspective about how Wednesday's turnout compared with typical attendance.
"We didn't know if we'd get five people, 15 people. But this is affirming," she said.
Pulling a cooler behind her, 42-year-old Sara Craig said she was a bit uneasy bringing her 14-year-old son, Cale, and one of his 13-year-old friends to the park Wednesday.
"I feel guilty having fun when a family is hurting so badly," she said.
She said the family rode Verruckt twice in one day a couple of weeks ago. She remembered a short video they were required to watch, though she didn't recall that it included any caveats about peril.
Craig said that during her first trip down the ride with her son and one of his friends, her shoulder restraint came off, something she opted not to report to park workers.
"I didn't think much about it," she said. "You don't think you're gonna die."
So they rode it again, only to see the restraint on her son's friend also come loose by the time it was over.
She said the ride's operators sent them down the slide even though their combined weight was 393 pounds -- shy of the 400 weight minimum the park advertises as a requirement. Craig described the ride as "very, very rough," so much so that "when I got off, my head hurt."
The water park passed a private inspection in June that included Verruckt, according to a document released by a Kansas state agency. The Kansas Department of Labor provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday a copy of an insurance company inspector's June 7 letter saying inspections had been completed.
The letter said all rides met guidelines for being insured with "no disqualifying conditions noted." But it added: "this survey reflects the conditions observed or found at the time of the inspection only, and does not certify safety or integrity of the rides and attractions, physical operations or management practices at any time in the future."
The inspector declined to comment on the incident at Schlitterbahn.
Kansas law requires rides to be inspected annually by the parks, and the state randomly audits the records. The last records audit for Schlitterbahn was June 2012.
Ken Martin, a Richmond, Virginia-based amusement park safety consultant, questioned whether the straps were appropriate, suggesting that a more solid restraint system that fits over the body -- similar to those used in roller coasters -- may have been better.
In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half the ride and reconfigure some angles. A promotional video about building the slide includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half size test model and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill.
Jon Rust, a professor of textile engineering at North Carolina State University, said the material used on the straps, commonly called hook and loop, isn't designed to keep a person in the seat. It also can degrade with use.
This June 2016 photo provided by David Strickland shows Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Scott Schwab, a Kansas state lawmaker from Olathe. Caleb died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, while riding the Verruckt, a water slide that's billed as the world's largest, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. (David Strickland via AP)

Boy was decapitated on world’s tallest waterslide: Source | World | News | Toron
 
MHz
#2
Not a good way to get the best "what did you do this summer? trophy.
Perhaps instead of trying to break the sound barrier you could have rides that are a km long at a rate that doesn't tip over your cup holder. Put in a zip line and you could get 150 kph before the slack was taken up and you zoom close to the ground as phase II of the 'ride' at the 'Last Ride Water Park and Crematorium' (over 60 and you can dial in your own 'tension' once the disclaimer is signed)
 
EagleSmack
+1
#3
So that is what they meant by initially saying he suffered a neck injury.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#4
Who knew waterslides were Muslim?
 
EagleSmack
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Who knew waterslides were Muslim?

I know right? With all of the heads they chop off you would think it was a Muslim waterslide.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#6
"I hate Kansas Muslims."
-- apologies to John Belushi in The Blues Brothers
 
EagleSmack
#7
Really, I get what you were saying. The boy got decapitated and you said who knew waterslides were muslim. With all of the heads that muslims chop off you would think that this waterslide is indeed a muslim waterslide. You nailed it T-Bones!
 
Tecumsehsbones
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Really, I get what you were saying. The boy got decapitated and you said who knew waterslides were muslim. With all of the heads that muslims chop off you would think that this waterslide is indeed a muslim waterslide. You nailed it T-Bones!

I'm deeply impressed by your perspicacity. You're a credit to your people.
 
EagleSmack
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I'm deeply impressed by your perspicacity. You're a credit to your people.

Or maybe this just happened to you...

 
Tecumsehsbones
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

Or maybe this just happened to you...


Not that I recollect. But whatever random thought makes you happy is OK by me.
 
darkbeaver
+2
#11  Top Rated Post
A few months from now they will rename the ride The Decapitator and ticket sales will soar.
 
EagleSmack
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Not that I recollect. But whatever random thought makes you happy is OK by me.

Then you believe your first post in the thread.
 
Ludlow
#13
Pretty damn depressing. Nothing clever to say here
 
TenPenny
#14
That must have been very nasty for the other people riding with him. Everything you read suggests that the designers and builders and operators knew it was unsafe. I expect that park will be bankrupt shortly.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

That must have been very nasty for the other people riding with him. Everything you read suggests that the designers and builders and operators knew it was unsafe. I expect that park will be bankrupt shortly.

They redesigned it after they got their record for exactly that. It sounds like the tube got some unexpected air on this particular run.
 
MHz
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

You nailed it T-Bones!

Like to a cross?
 
spaminator
#17
Family of boy killed on Kansas waterslide settles with park | World | News | Tor
 
spaminator
#18
Family of boy decapitated on Kansas waterslide to get almost US$20M | World | Ne
 
spaminator
#19
Designer of waterslide, park owner charged over 10-year-old boy's decapitation
Associated Press
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Published:
March 27, 2018
Updated:
March 27, 2018 11:13 PM EDT
In this July 9, 2014, file photo, riders go down the water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.Charlie Riedel / AP Photo / Files
By John Hanna, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TOPEKA, Kan. — A water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world’s tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning were charged Tuesday in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.
With the latest charges, three men connected with Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts and its park in Kansas City, Kansas, have been indicted by a Kansas grand jury, along with the park and the construction company that built the ride. Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story ride when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.
In this July 9, 2014, file photo, ride designer Jeffery Henry looks over his creation, the world’s tallest waterslide called “Verruckt” at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP Photo/Files)
The Kansas attorney general’s office said Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Henry, 62, and designer John Schooley were charged with reckless second-degree murder, along with Henry & Sons Construction Co., which is described as the private construction company of Schlitterbahn. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 9 years to 41 years in prison.
They also were charged with 17 other felonies, including aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child counts tied to injuries other riders sustained on the giant slide, called Verruckt, which is German for “insane.” The indictment accuses Henry of making a “spur of the moment” decision to build the ride, and that he and Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides.
Henry was ordered held in a Texas jail without bond Tuesday, pending extradition to Kansas. The attorney general’s office said Schooley is not in custody. Schooley didn’t have a listed phone number and no one answered the phone at Henry & Sons Construction Co. Eric B Terry, who represented the company in an earlier unrelated case, didn’t immediately return a phone or email message.
The same grand jury last week indicted the Kansas City park and Tyler Austin Miles, its former operations manager, on 20 felony charges. The charges include a single count of involuntary manslaughter in Schwab’s death. Miles has been released on $50,000 bond, according to one of his attorneys, Tricia Bath.
The company has promised to aggressively fight the criminal charges. After Miles and the park were charged, it said it would respond to the allegations in the 47-page indictment “point by point.”
This photo provided by the Cameron County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department shows Jeffrey Henry. (Cameron County Sheriff’s Department via AP)
After Henry’s arrest in Texas, Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in an emailed statement: “We as a company and as a family will fight these allegations and have confidence that once the facts are presented it will be clear that what happened on the ride was an unforeseeable accident.”
According to the indictments, Henry decided in 2012 to build the world’s tallest water slide to impress the producers of a Travel Channel show. Henry’s desire to “rush the project” and a lack of expertise caused the company to “skip fundamental steps in the design process.”
The indictment said, “not a single engineer was directly involved in Verruckt’s dynamic engineering or slide path design.” The indictment said that in 2014, when there were news reports emerging about airborne rafts, a company spokesperson “discredited” them and Henry and his designer began “secretly testing at night to avoid scrutiny.”
The indictment listed 13 injuries during the 182 days the ride was in operation, including two concussions. In one of those cases, a 15-year-old girl went temporarily blind while riding.
Caleb, the son of Kansas Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated after the raft on which he was riding went airborne on a day when admission was free for state legislators and their families.
The family reached settlements of nearly $20 million with Schlitterbahn and various companies associated with the design and construction of the waterslide. The two women who rode on the same raft with Caleb suffered serious injuries and settled claims with Schlitterbahn for an undisclosed amount.
“Clearly the issues with Schlitterbahn go far beyond Caleb’s incident, and we know the attorney general will take appropriate steps in the interest of public safety,” the family said in a statement released Monday through their attorneys.
The indictment said Schooley was responsible for doing “the math” that went into the slide’s design and signed an operations manual claiming the ride met all American Society for Testing and Materials standards. But the indictment lists a dozen instances in which the design violated those standards and says investigators could find no evidence that so-called dynamic engineering calculations were made to determine the physics a passenger would experience. The indictment said Schooley lacked the technical expertise to properly design a complex amusement ride such as Verruckt.
The indictment said Schooley admitted, “If we actually knew how to do this, and it could be done that easily, it wouldn’t be that spectacular.”
Prosapio said Schlitterbahn does not expect any changes to the Kansas City park’s season, which is set to open May 25 and runs through Labor Day. The Verruckt slide has been closed since Caleb died.
Mike Taylor, a spokesman for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, says it does not believe it has the legal authority to shut down a business, other than for an epidemic or contagious disease outbreak.
The company also operates water parks in Galveston, Corpus Christi, South Padre Island and New Braunfels, Texas, according to its website.
Associated Press writers David Warren and Terry Wallace in Dallas also contributed to this report.
Designer of waterslide, park owner charged over 10-year-old boy’s decapitation | Toronto Sun
 
spaminator
#20
Designer of water slide that killed boy arrested after getting off flight
Associated Press
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Published:
April 3, 2018
Updated:
April 3, 2018 6:51 PM EDT
This photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shows John Timothy Schooley, one of the designers of a Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy in 2016. Schooley was arrested by federal authorities late Monday, April 2, 2018, in Dallas. AP
By David Warren, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DALLAS — One of the designers of a massive Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy has been arrested in Texas, federal authorities said Tuesday.
Trent Touchstone, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas, said 72-year-old John Timothy Schooley was met by agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as he arrived Monday on a flight from China.
Designer of waterslide, park owner charged over 10-year-old boy’s decapitation
Ex-water park executive charged in slide death of boy, 10
Schooley was being held without bond at the Dallas County jail after being arraigned on charges that include second-degree murder, according to Dallas County sheriff’s spokesman Raul Reyna. An extradition hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and Schooley likely will be transported to Kansas next week, Reyna said. A Kansas conviction for second-degree murder carries a penalty of nine to 41 years in prison.
A Houston attorney for Schooley, Kit Yam, didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
A Kansas grand jury last week indicted Schooley and Jeffrey Henry, a co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. The indictment accuses Henry of making a “spur of the moment” decision to build the Verruckt ride — touted as the world’s tallest water slide — and that he and Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides. A former operations director for Schlitterbahn also has been charged.
In this July 2014 file image from video, Verruckt water slide designers, John Schooley, left, and Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts co-owner Jeffrey Henry, speak about the challenges of opening the 17-story tall attraction prior to it’s operation in Kansas City, Kan. Schooley, one of the designers of the water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy in 2016, was arrested late Monday, April 2, 2018, by federal authorities in Dallas.
Caleb Schwab was killed on the 17-storey Verruckt in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.
Schooley and Henry, 62, also were charged with 17 other felonies, including aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child counts tied to injuries that other riders sustained on the giant slide.
Henry was arrested last week in South Texas and Cameron County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gus Reyna Jr. said he was extradited to Kansas on Tuesday. An attorney in Texas for Henry didn’t immediately reply to phone messages seeking comment.
In this July 9, 2014, file photo, riders go down the water slide called “Verruckt” at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement last week that the indictment “is filled with information that we fully dispute.” She didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking fresh comment early Tuesday.
The indictment alleges the ride violated “nearly all aspects” of longstanding standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
“In fact, the design and operation of the Verruckt complied with few, if any, of the industry safety standard,” the indictment said.
AP writer Heather Hollingsworth contributed to this report from Kansas City, Mo.
Designer of water slide that killed boy arrested after getting off flight | Toronto Sun
 
Dixie Cup
+1
#21
Wow - I've recently been watching TV about the most extreme water slides in the world. Uncanny! Weird. I'm not sure that I'd be too interested in participating in any one of them.


My condolences to the family - how horrible!
 
Curious Cdn
#22
So, who's regulation this type of structure? No one, right?

Regulation is Commynism, after all and the free market should decide what is safe and what isn't.
 
spaminator
#23
Waterpark co-owner pleads not guilty in boy's decapitation
Associated Press
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Published:
April 5, 2018
Updated:
April 5, 2018 6:52 PM EDT
This April 4, 2018 file booking photo provided by the Wyandotte County Detention Center, shows Jeff Henry, co-owner of the Schlitterbahn water park, who is charged in a 10-year-old boy's decapitation death on a 17-storey waterslide that was promoted as the world's largest. Henry pleaded not guilty Thursday, April 5, 2018, to second-degree murder in the in the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab on the massive waterslide. (Wyandotte County Detention Center via AP, File)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A co-owner of Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy on a massive waterslide.
Jeff Henry appeared Thursday in Wyandotte County District Court after being indicted in the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab. The boy died and two women were injured when their raft went airborne and hit an overhead loop on the slide.
Designer of water slide that killed boy arrested after getting off flight
Two more charged over 10-year-old boy’s decapitation
Ex-water park executive charged in slide death of boy, 10
Henry was ordered to surrender his passport but District Judge Robert Burns rejected a prosecution request that he be required to wear a GPS locator while out on bond awaiting trial. Burns said he wasn’t convinced by the state’s arguments that Henry was a flight risk.
A trial date was tentatively set for Sept. 10, but Burns and Henry’s attorney suggested that date could change.
Waterpark co-owner pleads not guilty in boy’s decapitation | Toronto Sun
 
spaminator
#24
Water slide on which boy was decapitated to be torn down
Associated Press
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Published:
July 12, 2018
Updated:
July 12, 2018 7:44 PM EDT
In this July 9, 2014, file photo, riders go down the water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. Caleb Schwab, 10, (inset) died in August 2016 on the 17-story water slide. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File and David Strickland via AP photos)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas water park plans to tear down a giant water slide on which a 10-year-old boy died in 2016.
The Kansas City Star reports an attorney representing an affiliate of Kansas City, Kansas, park operator Schlitterbahn said Thursday that the 17-story slide called Verruckt would start coming down about a week after Labor Day.
Attorney Melanie Morgan says the work is expected to take about three weeks. The Kansas City park posted a statement on its Facebook page saying it had received court approval to demolish the ride.
Caleb Schwab was decapitated in August 2016 while riding the waterslide. His death led to criminal charges against the company that built the slide and five individuals, including Schlitterbahn’s co-owner.
Schlitterbahn says Caleb’s death was a tragic accident.
http://torontosun.com/news/world/wat...o-be-torn-down
 
Hoid
#25
This must obviously further prove the relative safety of guns.
 
Walter
#26
This story always reminds me of Kipling’s “If”.
 
petros
+1
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

This must obviously further prove the relative safety of guns.

You're f-cked in the head.
 
Walter
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

You're f-cked in the head.

And loving it.
 

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