Raft Carrying 10-Year-Old Water Slide Victim Caleb Schwab Was 15 Pounds Underweight, Police Report Confirms
The combined weights of Caleb Schwab and the two sisters riding in the raft with him on the Verruckt water slide ride at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City was 385 pounds, which is 15 pounds less than the 400 pound minimum required for the ride, PEOPLE has learned.
A police report PEOPLE has obtained from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department shows Caleb's weight as 75 pounds. His height appears to be 5 feet. One rider in the raft with him was a 32-year-old woman who is 5 feet 5 inches and 140 pounds. Also in the raft was her sister, 25, who is 5 feet 6 inches and 170 pounds, according to the report.
The requirements for the ride call for 2- 3 riders per raft with a combined weight between 400 and 550 pounds. Each rider must be at least 54 inches tall. The ride uses restraints made from hook-and-loop fastener material, (similar to VELCROŽ), but an amusement park safety expert told PEOPLE that such material should never have been used for this type of ride.
Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio tells PEOPLE all riders are weighed before going on the ride.
"Riders are weighed at the bottom of the ride," she says. "There is a scale there at the bottom and a scale at the top, and if they don't meet the weight requirement there is a red light that goes off."
"When asked about the weight of the riders in Caleb's raft, Schlitterbahn told PEOPLE Monday that she had yet to see that information.
Caleb, 10, died Aug. 7 while on the ride, which can hit speeds of up to 70 mph. He was in the front seat; seated behind him in the raft were two sisters he didn't know. One woman had a broken jaw from the accident and another suffered a broken bone below her eye and a bruised eyeball.
Caleb was found dead at the bottom of the slide in the pool and police confirmed to PEOPLE that he had been decapitated.
Since the incident, PEOPLE has learned that Verruckt's scheduled 2014 opening was delayed multiple times due to glitches, including one issue that caused water rafts to fly off the slide and into the air.
Calls for comment to the Schwab's family attorney were not immediately returned.
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