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August 8, 2016

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Breaking: Boy dies on world’s biggest waterslide

A 10-year-old boy has died on the Verrueckt ride,  billed as the world’s biggest waterslide, in the US state of Kansas.

The boy was identified by his family as Caleb Schwab, the son of a state politician, Scott Schwab.

A spokeswoman for the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City said it was saddened by the death and the park had been closed pending an investigation.

“We honestly don’t know what’s happened,” Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said. “That’s why a full investigation is necessary. We have to understand what’s happened.”

Kansas police have said it is being treated as an accident.

The park’s website says all users of the Verrueckt must be at least 54in (1.37 metres) tall and the combined weight of people in the raft must be between 400 and 550 pounds (181-249kg).

SHP will update this story as more details are confirmed.

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