Boy dies on 'world's tallest waterslide' in Kansas

Kansas media has named the boy as the son of a local Republican representative

Boy dies on 'world's tallest waterslide' in Kansas

File photo of 'Verruckt' slide. Image: Charlie Riedel / AP/Press Association Images

A boy has died in an accident on the world's tallest waterslide in Kansas.

The incident happened on the Verrückt slide in Kansas City's Schlitterbahn Water Park yesterday.

Local media has named the boy as Caleb Thomas Schwab (10), the son of local Republican representative Scott Schwab.

In a statement quoted by the Kansas City Star, Mr Schwab and his wife Michele said: “Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with”.

The details of the accident remain unclear, and an investigation has begun into the incident.

In a post shared on social media, the water park operators said: "We are saddened to share that a young boy died on Verrückt this afternoon. Given that safety is our first priority, we have closed the Kansas City park [Sunday] and Monday and have closed the ride pending a full investigation.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time," the statement adds.

The 17-storey waterslide opened in July 2014, and involves three people at a time travelling down the slide in a raft.

Verrückt means "insane" in German.