Aug 11, 2016 by Will Maule

Scott Schwab Speaks Of Son 'Decapitated' In Water Slide Accident: "Caleb Thomas Believed In Jesus"

Congressman Scott Schwab said his 10-year-old son, who died Sunday on the world's tallest water ride in Kansas, believed in Jesus. The Republican state representative and his wife, Michele, issued a statement to express their gratitude for the compassion they've received as they mourn the untimely death of their second oldest son, Caleb Thomas, reports Christian Times.

"Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came in contact with," said the statement. "As we try and mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in his Savior, Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day."

Caleb was described as a "man of God" who was always the first to pray for anyone who needed it. The 44-year-old Kansas state lawmaker took his wife and their four boys to the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, which held an "Elected Officials' Day" on Sunday and gave free admission to the lawmakers and their families. His son died from a fatal neck injury after riding the Verruckt water slide, billed as the world's tallest at 17 stories high and over 168 feet tall.

The Kansas City Park closed on Monday and reopened on Wednesday while Verruckt remained shut down as officials continue to investigate the cause of such a tragic accident. According to witnesses, they saw the boy fly into the air and hit the safety net while others observed that the harness device malfunctioned that day. Two women who rode with Schwab's son also suffered injuries and were hospitalized after the ride. One suffered a broken jaw while the other had stitches in her eye and broke a bone in her face.

Co-owner Jeff Henry referred to the ride on the water slide as the "scariest thing" he's ever done and likened it to "jumping off the Empire State Building." "It's dangerous, but it's a safe dangerous now," Henry said two years ago. "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."

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