Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old who died while riding a water slide at Schlitterbahn water park on Sunday, is with Jesus, his parents say. Kansas state congressman Scott Schwab and his wife Michele released a statement Sunday night through their pastor.
Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with. 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.
They added, “Your continued prayers are welcome and appreciated. We appreciate your understanding of our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time of grieving.”
Caleb a Man of God
Caleb was riding the Verrückt, billed as the “world’s tallest water slide,” when he suffered a fatal neck injury. The slide drops riders over 168 feet, compels them up another hill, then plummets them “another gut wrenching 50 foot drop,” according to Schlitterbahn’s website.
The park has been closed temporarily and the Verrückt has been closed to allow officials to investigate, said park spokeswoman Winter Prosapio. She added that the park’s staff is saddened that “a young boy died on Verrückt. … Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
Schwab family pastor Clint Sprague considered Caleb to be “a man of God.” Caleb “was an incredible young man,” he said. “Ten years old, full of life, loved baseball, basketball, soccer. He was always doing something,” he said, adding “he’s going to be missed for his energy, for his life, for his smile, for the way he lit up a room.” (For more from the author of “Boy Killed on Water Slide ‘Believed in His Savior, Jesus, and They Are Forever Together'” please click HERE)