Kansas water park’s rides passed private inspection months before boy’s death

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The 10-year-old son of a Kansas state legislator was killed Sunday when a ride on the world’s tallest water slide turned deadly. Caleb Thomas Schwab was the son of Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele. Kansas state police are investigating Caleb’s death at the Schlitterbahn water park, which has been closed for the investigation. The boy died while riding the Verruckt.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A document released by a state agency says all the rides at a Kansas City, Kansas, water park passed private inspections in June, including the waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy died.

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 at Schlitterbahn Waterpark. The letter said all rides met guidelines for being insured with “no disqualifying conditions noted.”

Deputy Secretary and Chief Attorney Brad Burke said the department obtained the letter following Sunday’s death of Caleb Schwab on the “Verruckt” waterslide.

Kansas law requires permanent rides to be inspected annually by their parks, and the state randomly audits the records. The last records audit for Schlitterbahn was in June 2012.

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