The Discovery Channel aired a happy promotional segment about “the world’s tallest waterslide” before a 10-year-old boy, Caleb Thomas Schwab, died on the ride in 2016 at the Shlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas (more video below).
The fiberglass waterslide, called the Verruckt, dropped riders a staggering 168 feet; Caleb literally flew out of the ride and was killed.
The ride was reportedly designed by Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, designer John Schooley and the Henry & Sons Construction Company, who have now been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated endangerment of a child and aggravated battery, notes The Kansas City Star.
The ride was featured once on the Discovery Channel where people joked about how dangerous it was.
At one point, a Discovery Channel announcer said, “Congratulations, your world’s tallest water slide works perfectly—apply for liability insurance and you’ll be ready for business.”
The broadcast also noted the engineering challenges (video below).
One piece of animation on the program unwittingly showed how Caleb would be killed on the ride (video below).