12-Year-Old Boy Dies On World’s Tallest Water Slide

The cause of the boy’s death at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas remains under investigation, officials said.

A 12-year-old boy died Sunday on the world’s tallest water slide in Kansas, officials said.

A 12-year-old boy died Sunday on the world's tallest water slide in Kansas, officials said.

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The 168-foot-tall Verrückt water slide is the tallest in the world and opened in 2014.

The 168-foot-tall Verrückt water slide is the tallest in the world and opened in 2014.

Two or three riders may be on the slide at a time, launching through two drops on a raft. The ride has been so popular that reservations are required, and on many days, more visitors seek reservations than are available.

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The slide required unprecedented engineering and its opening date was delayed for months in 2014.

An original 5-story design was modified after rafts went flying into the air.

“It's dangerous, but it's a safe dangerous now,” Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts co-owner Jeff Henry told USA Today in 2014. “Schlitterbahn is a family water park, but this isn't a family ride. It's for the thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure.”

The company also owns water parks in Texas.

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